Kristopher called up for world cup duties

Tuesday March 10, 2015 Written by MW/CICA Published in Touch Rugby
Kristopher Williams is set to represent Cook Islands touch rugby at the world cup in April and again at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. The talented Avatiu athlete is pictured here in action during club games in 2012. This year he is playing touch rugby matches twice a week as well as training with potential national squad players for the Pacific Games. Kristopher Williams is set to represent Cook Islands touch rugby at the world cup in April and again at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. The talented Avatiu athlete is pictured here in action during club games in 2012. This year he is playing touch rugby matches twice a week as well as training with potential national squad players for the Pacific Games.

Local touch rugby player Kristopher Williamson is gunning for a national jersey to represent the Cook Islands at the Pacific Games in June.

But before the regional games, he is set to fly the national flag at the Touch Rugby World Cup in Australia in April.

This will be the second time the 24-year old athlete has represented the Cook Islands at a Touch World Cup event after debuting in 2011.

He is the only Rarotonga-based player to be selected for this year’s Cook Islands Touch Rugby World Cup team which has been organised by the New Zealand-based Cook Islands Touch Association.

While the humble athlete says it’s a privilege to be selected for the team, he was quick to point out that he wasn’t the only home-grown talent selected into the team.  He joins a number of players who learned their touch rugby skills on home fields before moving to Australia and New Zealand.

The world cup tournament is set to run from April 25 to May 5 and is sure to be the best testing ground for Kristopher, who is also keen to represent the Cooks at the Pacific Games to be hosted in Papua New Guinea.

Kristopher is training with local players also vying for a spot in the Pacific Games national team.

In fact it was the local touch rugby body that monitored local player’s performance for their counterparts in the New Zealand Cook Islands Touch Rugby Association and reported that Kristopher was training hard and performing well on the touch field.

Currently the Avatiu athlete plays his weekly touch matches for the open men’s Tepuka Brothers team and the South Coast Scorpions in the mixed division.

The twice-weekly touch rugby matches and weekly training sessions with the Pacific Games training squad are ensuring that Kristopher is in tip-top condition before the world cup.

Not only will the tournament be a mental and physical challenge for the local athlete, getting to Australia for the event is another challenge Kristopher also has to think about.

Kristopher is selling raffle tickets to help fund his trip to Australia to fly the national flag and anyone keen to support this young athlete can contact him on 54425.  

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