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
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
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
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”.