With Ben Smith taking a mid-tournament sabbatical and Jordie Barrett now ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury, there is a genuine sense of where to next for the All Blacks at fullback.
A former Cook Islands rugby captain and coach has called out those who decided against representing their country in Friday’s test match against Tahiti, branding them “cowards”.
Tahiti have beaten the Cook Islands 13-9 to claim the title of Oceania Rugby Cup Champions and take the Oceania 4 qualification spot for the Rugby World Cup.
The Bond Store Rarotonga Club XVs competition returns today after a short break which allowed players to take part in the Te Maeva Nui festival.
It’s been a week of merrymaking in the Cook Islands and the national XVs team wants to end it on a high when they take on Tahiti in the Oceania Cup challenge tomorrow.