Seven local players have been included in the initial 27-member Cook Islands national rugby squad for the Rugby World Cup qualifying series against Hong Kong, starting this Saturday at the BCI Stadium.
Pride for the nation and passion for the sport will be among the things national rugby coach Stan Wright will be on the lookout for when he selects his final squad for the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers this afternoon.
Cook Islands head coach Stan Wright is calling on Cook Islanders to get behind the national rugby team as they eye a historic qualification to the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
Some of rugby’s best brains are part of the Cook Islands management team that is preparing the national side for the Rugby World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong later this month.
Local player Matamanea Matapakia is one of the frontrunners for a place in the Cook Islands team for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers against Hong Kong later this month.
In a special Q&A session with Cook Islands Rugby Union, the Atiu player discusses his passion for the game and his chances of making the team.
Hong Kong had double cause to celebrate on Saturday after their 39-5 victory over Korea not only gave them a first-ever Asia Rugby Championship title, but also kept their hopes of qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019 alive.