Former champions Takuvaine is making a comeback in the domestic rugby union season after a lapse of two years.
will face a tough return to the Rarotonga Club 15s competition when the former
champions take on reigning champions Tupapa Panthers in their opening Senior A
match at Raemaru Park in Arorangi today.
club has struggled to put a team together for the weekly games which has been
the reason behind their non-participation last season.
struggled to rebuild a team following the 2019 season and pulled the plug in
weekend however, they will make an eager comeback with a full team of 20
consisting of a mix of familiar and new faces to the club.
coach Frank Karati said: “We are not expecting much as we are still in the
rebuilding stage for the club as a whole, but we are giving ourselves every
good chance against the opposition for this weekend’s game.”
said there are always nerves when playing the first game of the season, and
especially so since it is their first game in a long while, but they would
“give it a go out there and aim to win if possible”.
comparison to most of the clubs around the island we are the smallest, so we
are just mainly focusing on rebuilding our club for now,” he said.
is asking all supporters from the village to come along and show their support
to the players.
2: Arorangi Field: 10.30am: Opening prayer by the hosts Club, 10.45am: U9/11 -
Quick Rip: All Clubs (Boys & Girls), 11.45am U13 Rugby 10s: Arorangi-Avatiu
(Ref. Club Officials), 12.15pm U16 - Rugby 15s: Arorangi-Avatiu (Ref. Lua Tua),
1pm U19 – Rugby 15s Arorangi-Avatiu (Ref. Louis Tata, Assist Ref. Ben
Koteka/Club official), 2.15pm Women’s 7s Avatiu-Arorangi (Refs William Taripo,
Assist Ref. Club officials), 2.30pm Senior A: Tupapa Panthers-Takuvaine Reds
(Refs Tua Ngaputa, Assist Ref. Dawn Crummer/Louis Tata), 4pm Senior A: Arorangi
Bears-Avatiu Eels (Refs. Holi Kairua, Assist Ref. Kora Kora/Eddie Elisaia.
Coordinator: Paul Peyroux /Dawn Crummer/Ben Koteka).