Avatiu Eels’ Maeva Mateariki tries to get past a Tupapa Panthers defender at the Raro 7s tournament last week. Cook Islands Rugby Union is unable to send local-based players to the upcoming Oceania 7s due to its “financial states”. 22110706
The New Zealand Cook Islands Rugby (NZ CIRU) will send ‘national teams’ to this year’s Oceania 7s, Cook Islands Rugby Union president Simi Teiotu confirmed this week.
The 2022 Oceania Rugby Sevens Challenge
will be held on November 19 and 20 in Brisbane, Australia.
It will feature 14 teams vying for a
place in the 2023 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series. The 2022 event will see
eight men’s and six women’s teams from across the Oceania Region participating.
CIRU president Teiotu said due to the
national body’s “financial states”, the New Zealand CIRU will attend the
“Our NZ CIRU
executive has endorsed the Cook Island U18 World Cup 7s coach and management will
lead in the coaching and management role and responsibility,” Teiotu told Cook
expected to send a player each from Rarotonga for the national men’s and
women’s teams. The final squads are yet to finalised.
due to exorbitant airfares they are unable to send more locally based players.
Oceania 7s event was supposed to be held in PNG. Because of the Covid cases and
the states of PNG, I raised and discussed this issue with Oceania Rugby. I will
not support for any of our men’s and women’s teams going to PNG. The risk is
very high and the cost are beyond measurable. It was in my view, in the best
interest of our players, that there should be some risk assessment conducted by
venue was changed to Brisbane which I was advised by phone call about three
The top two men’s and the top placed
women’s teams at the 2022 Oceania Rugby Sevens Challenge will qualify to the
2023 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series. The winner of the 2023 World Rugby
Sevens Challenger Series will achieve core status on the HSBC World Rugby
Sevens Series 2024.
Oceania Rugby interim general manager,
Lemalu Wayne Schuster highlighted the importance of these events saying: “Providing
an opportunity for all our member unions to finally participate and experience
International Sevens rugby once again is critical in recharging their sevens
programs after a two-year absence from International competition.
“Given the success of Oceania teams at
recent HSBC Sevens Series events, we want to replicate these successes across
all our other member unions, especially those vying for spots in the World
Rugby Sevens Challenger series. To accomplish this, they need to be exposed to
more high-level competitions in the region” Schuster added.
The men’s event will feature Cook
Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, and
Australia A. Tonga and Papua New Guinea will be hoping to return to the World
Rugby Sevens Challenger Series after both participated this year. Kiribati will
be the unknown factor in their maiden outing at an international event.
The women’s side of the tournament will
see the Cook Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu all trying to
prevent Papua New Guinea returning to the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series
for a second year. The event is the first outing for all teams beside Papua New
Guinea since the 2019 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship.
A total of 42 matches (24 Men’s and 18
women’s matches) will be played across two days of competition.