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The Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) will now not be sending a team to the Oceania Trophy Under-20s tournament which is to be held in Fiji in late November.
Opening this Friday is the Steinlager Sevens competition, a four-week tournament serving as a lead-in to the Raro Rugby Sevens, the premier event on the sevens calendar that is aiming higher than ever.
U20 rugby coach Pops Arona is travelling around New Zealand’s North Island as he looks for players to add to his squad ahead of the tournament later this year.
Pride and passion will be on the line when arch-rivals Avatiu Nikao Eels and Tupapa Panthers battle it out for top honours in The Bond Store Rarotonga Club 15s grand final today.
The lead up to the Rarotonga Club 15s Senior A Grand Final will be played out by the Avatiu Eels and the Arorangi Cowboys, in a titanic clash for the U19 crown.
Discipline will be the focus as the Avatiu/Nikao Eels take the field this week to face the Tupapa Panthers in the Rarotonga Club 15s Grand Final.
Cook Islands rugby international Matthew Mullany has resigned from his post as the manager of the U20s rugby team, a head of their tournament later this year.