The Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) is all set to host the 2023 Raro 7s tournament, featuring two overseas clubs and national teams preparing for the Oceania 7s and Pacific Games.
two-day tournament, to be held on Friday and Saturday next week at the National
Stadium in Nikao, will feature two overseas teams in the senior women’s
competition and one in the Under-16 boy’s grade.
annual tournament will also feature the Cook Islands team of locally based
players in the men’s competition. The Rarotonga-based national players to the
upcoming Oceania 7s and the Pacific Games are expected to team up with the
rugby league 9s players to the Solomon Islands Games in the women’s
Koteka, CIRU development manager, said they were excited to host overseas teams
after a lapse of three years.
year we have two overseas teams visiting: a team from New Zealand - Te Tai
Tokerau Natives U18 Women’s and U16 Men’s teams - who will also play a rugby
15s match,” Koteka said.
other visiting team from Sydney, Australia is the Burraneer ‘Burra Ray’ RFC
women’s 7s team.”
Te Tai Tokerau Natives teams will arrive in Rarotonga this weekend. Their U16
side is expected to play a 15s match on Tuesday.
are bringing a team of about 50 people, including players and supporters.”
Burraneer “Burra Ray” RFC women’s 7s team will arrive early next week. They
will take on the Cook Islands 7s/9s team, Te Tai Tokerau Natives and Arorangi
Bears in the women’s competition.
the men’s competition we will probably have six teams but we are pushing for
eight teams,” Koteka said.
Panthers, Avatiu Nikao Eels, Arorangi Cowboys, Titikaveka Bulls, a Fijian
community team and the Cook Islands team are all but confirmed for the Raro 7s.
said CIRU will be using the tournament as a build up for the Oceania 7s, which
also serves as Olympic Games Qualifiers, and the Pacific Games in November.