Cooks stay in touch at worlds

Thursday April 30, 2015 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Sole home based national world cup touch player Kristopher Williamson with Australian based home bred touch stars Teariki Mateariki and Andrew Mokoroa are performing strongly at Coffs Harbour. Sole home based national world cup touch player Kristopher Williamson with Australian based home bred touch stars Teariki Mateariki and Andrew Mokoroa are performing strongly at Coffs Harbour.

Maintaining their current top form will be the key to world cup success for the two Cook Islands men’s touch rugby team.

Two national men’s teams, an open team and a men’s 30’s side, are competing at the world cup in Coffs Harbour, Australia and were both positioned in top three early in their Division 2 pool D competition.

The open men’s are in 3rd place with 7 points, equal points with Japan (who are in 2nd) after registering two wins and a loss on day one.

Fiji currently sit first on the table with 7 points with a better goal difference in their favour.

In the men’s 30s division, the Cook Islands were also placed third with one win, one loss and a draw.

The Cooks are six points behind Australia who is dominating on the field along with New Zealand.

Twenty-five nations from Oceania, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East are competing for touch supremacy across nine divisions over five days.

The opening ceremony kicked off proceedings in front of players and officials’ family and friends, and an international audience watching online.

The Cook Islands open men’s touch team includes sole home based player Kristopher Williamson along with Andrew Mokoroa, Antonio Jordan Adams, Autemate Tuaiti, Benjamen Puiri, Bobby Mateariki, Brian Adams, Chris Joseph, Karigiri Hererahi, Leland Ben, Matoha Matoha, Sheldon Tovio, Teava Terangi, Vairaro Mahutariki, William Marsh and Wynyard Whanga.

The men’s 30s team includes Carl Shepherd, Chairman Ngari, Joel Marsters, John Dean, Nicholas Rangi, Potatau Berryman, Richard Marsters, Robbie Atatoa, Rueben Enoka, Steven Berryman, Teariki Mateariki, Terry Joe, Tiera Tetevano and Tua Marsters. 

Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 Touch World Cup via their website www.touchworldcup.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/touchworldcup where you can also watch videos of games.  

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