Talented players eye a rugby career

Thursday 29 April 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

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Talented players eye a rugby career
Contact drills at the Arorangi field on Tuesday - 21042711

Cook Islands Rugby Union is holding a school holiday rugby programme in partnership with New Zealand Rugby, for those aged between 14 and17.

Girls and boys have separate allocated days to train twice a day, with the first day of training held on Monday.

This is the first time the CIRU has held this programme and they plan to run it again every year during the April and July school holidays.

The programme consists of developing rugby skills to a national level and exposing the participants to viable career options regarding the sport.

As well as developing their skills within the sport itself, participants will also have the chance to listen and learn from graduates of physiotherapy, nutrition, and sports management.

These sessions will provide them with options on how they can use their passion for the sport to create viable careers for themselves.

Talented players have been scouted during the Cook Islands Games, the league season, and the touch rugby season, with these individuals being invited to participate in the holiday programme so that they can further develop their skills. Additional talent will be identified as the programme progresses. According to Ashleigh Wihongi-Willis from the CIRU, their partnership with the NZRU is especially significant as they help “develop and promote the sport amongst the youth in the country, as well as promoting the idea of healthy living, which is a really important part of the programme and the sport as a whole”.