The Cook Islands Rugby Union says financial constraints mean they will have to pick mostly local players for the Oceania Cup match against Tahiti in August.
Islands Rugby Union has released a 48-member national squad to start preparing for the Oceania Rugby Cup tournament that will be held at the BCI Stadium in August.
Cook Islands national XVs team now have an easier pathway to the next round of the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers after Papua New Guinea pulled out of the Oceania Rugby Cup tournament.
From one big New Zealand rival to another, the Crusaders are confident they have the players and just as importantly the strategy to beat the Chiefs in Suva after their disappointment in the city last year.
If a fortune teller invited Scott Robertson into his caravan, where a quick twirl of the cards would reveal the Hurricanes’ game plan, he might get a nasty shock.
Cook Islands remain unfazed with the possibility of facing giants New Zealand and South Africa in the pool play at the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC). That is if it qualifies for the event.