Touch training squad named

Wednesday December 31, 2014 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Touch training squad named

Former national women’s touch rugby captain Maine Vaile was among the talented line up of touch rugby players that took to the field on Boxing Day for the annual touch tournament.

Maine was incorrectly named in a photo from the competition that appeared in last Saturday’s edition of CI News and we would like to apologise to Maine for the error.

At the one day tournament close to 70 players were identified as potential touch rugby squad members to make up the open women, open men and mixed division teams to represent the Cook Islands at the Pacific Games next year in Papua New Guinea.

The identified touch players and those who have already begun training for the Pacific Games campaign will have a training run on Monday, January 5 at the Takuvaine Field at 5pm.

Players called to be part of the Pacific Games training squad are (women) – Tessa Vaetoru, Adoniah Lewis, Edith Nicholas, Rima Moekaa,  Taromi Urirau, Vania Robati, Julz Westrupp, Marisa Iroa, Eteta Tuteru, Teiti Tupuna, Poko Tangata, Jennifer Akavi, Mama Ri Nganu, Rosa Kauvai, Rangi Apera, Lora Tauira, Latisha Maui, Teiva Maui, Rufina Daniel, Tetiniariki Tararo, Alex Masters, Eri Short, Natalia Short, Tuakana Noovao, Jane Tiaore, Mazel Tiaore, Mii Piri, Ana Kapi, Sacha Vaile, Hayley Wagstaff, Denise Pepe, (outer island women) – Jan Dawn, Tania Cowan, Matamanea Andrew, Vaka Nootai, (men) – Kristopher George, Apii Rau, Setephano Noovao, Henderson Manea, David Piakura, Richard William, Marcelo Rairoa, Mathew Mokoroa, Tanire Mokoroa, Julius Vaetoru, BJ Heather, Basil Matapo, Johnny Kapi, Deveron Aererua, James Strickland, Gero Ngatupuna, James Toki, Christopher Kapi, Daryl Areai, Alfred William, Pokoroa Pauka, Mark Leito, Bobby Hansen, Aitu Newbigging, Conrad Piri, Andrew Mokoroa, Teariki Nicholas, Cahjun Willis, Andy Kapi, (outer island men) – Joshua Jim (Atiu) and Hugh Henry (Aitutaki).

The 2015 touch rugby season kicks off on January 12 with registrations for the open women, open men and mixed divisions now open.

Games will be played twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday during the season.

To register a team or for more information contact Daphne Brown on 54171 or Simi Teiotu on 57746.

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