Cook Islands under-18 women’s team with rugby Sevens great Eric Rush. SUPPLIED/20121802
The U18 World Schools 7s held at Pakuranga Rugby Fields featured only New Zealand-based teams.
Cook Islands U18 women started their campaign with a 10-36 loss against New Zealand Condors.
won their remaining two pool matches against Niue 27-5 and New Zealand
Bowl semi-final, Cook Islands defeated Niue 32-16. In the final the side beat
NZ Maori 24-10.
Koteka, Cook Islands Rugby Union’s development manager, said Lela Ieremia, Veisinia
Fakalelu and Myracle Monga were the top players for the side in the tournament.
Islands U18 men’s team had a tough day, managing just a draw from five matches.
opening match, the side went down to Fiji Barbarians 12-32 before drawing
against New Zealand Maori 12-all.
Islands lost to Samoa Barbarians 12-33 and Fiji Barbarians 15-32 in the Bowl
Shield final, the national side went down to Niue 12-17. Despite the losses,
Trent Campbell and Maeva Robati stood out.
said seven players from the men’s squad are home-grown talent. They are William
Rani - Nagtangiia, Haba Tamarua - Ngatangiia, Tamarua Nicholas and Josiah Lewis
– Avatiu, Brayden Kamana – Avatiu and Tupapa, Lenny Varu and Maeva Robati –
and Robati were members of the U19 Rarotonga team to Aitutaki in 2019.
Lewis, Haba Tamarua and Teariki Ford have been part of the U15 Cook Islands 7s
teams that attended Condor 7s in 2016 or 2017. Rani, Haba and Trent Campbell all played in the U18 CI 7s
team at the World Schools 7s in 2019,” Koteka added.
World School Sevens is an international U18 sevens rugby event with over 32
teams (pre-Covid) from Japan, Canada, USA, Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and New
competition features the best young talent in the world with currently 20
players going on to represent their countries at the highest level, since we
started in 2016.
The aim of the tournament is to give players a life changing experience in New Zealand, showcase their talent and act as a development tool for the next generation of athletes in rugby sevens.