The Cook Islands women’s touch team are the current defending Pacific champions after winning gold at the 2007 Pacific Games in Samoa.
The mixed team won silver, but the men’s team struggled at the tournament.
The touch association aims to bring home the gold again, and bring the mixed and men’s division up to the same level.
With that in mind the association has begun its Pacific Games build up with the first training session to be held on Monday at the Takuvaine field.
Training momentum will pick up gradually, with the second training run to be held this Friday and every Monday following at the Takuvaine sports grounds in the Happy Valley.
First though, touch players will play for village and family pride on Friday 26 at the annual Boxing Day tournament.
The tournament will once again be played at the Avatiu swamp and promises to be a fun-filled family day out, with plenty of action.
The tournament is for mixed teams and registration is open now.
Youth groups, sports teams and even families can register a team, dress up and get along to the Avatiu Swamp and burn off the Christmas excesses.
This will also be a great opportunity for touch rugby fans to see the players vying to be in the national side that will represent the country at the Pacific Games.
Register your mixed touch rugby team for the Boxing Day tournament today by calling Daphne Brown on 54171 or June Putere 70922.