The successful double header format in the domestic rugby union 15s competition will continue this year.
will dictate the 2021 domestic and international season for Cook Islands Rugby
Union (CIRU), says its president Simiona Teiotu.
annual report, Teiotu said the 2020 domestic rugby union season had been in
discussion a lot, with some surprising and exciting events.
success of those events would see some changes in their rugby calendar this
year, he said.
today, we are still facing uncertainty and more challenges ahead of us. We must
be thankful to the Almighty who continues to care for us. In His guidance and
one way or another, we will overcome these challenges in anticipation for
riches and the enjoyment that rugby brings to our people both locally and
abroad,” Teiotu said.
season had a positive start following the adoption of the new Cook Islands
Rugby Union Constitution at the 2020 annual general meeting in December.
said this document was in line with the current Oceania and the World Rugby
principles and guidelines.
he said: “In my view there is still area for improvement to suit our working
environment as a country. We pray this Covid-19 will not deter our commitment
to rugby union as a whole.”
union faced uncertain times last year but managed to overcome the challenges
posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to hold successful competitions.
the end of March last year, all sport activity across the country were
suspended until further notice.
an emergency meeting for the Cook Islands Rugby Union executives was called to
review what course of action to take during the Covid-19 crisis.
said they started their 2020 season with the Quick Rip Sevens introduced to
primary schools around the island in May.
the Cook Islands Rugby Union received approval for full contact competition
from Ministry of Health. The domestic competition started with Town versus
Country format in the same month.
15s season started on July 24 and ran until September 19. The winners were:
under-10 – Arorangi Cowboys, U12 – Avatiu/Nikao Eels, U14 – Town, U16 –
Country, U19 – Country, Women – Country, Senior A – Tupapa Panthers (on extra
said: “One thing that came to benefit to all was all games were played at one
venue. So, it was good to see the support of the five clubs coming together.”
will continue for 2021 season as all clubs were excited with the format. This
is great as each host club can implement fundraising activity during the day.”
Islands Rugby Union then hosted Sevens tournament (men’s and women’s) at the
Cook Islands Games. Pukapuka won the men’s gold medal while Atiu took home the
followed by the inaugural Tri Series between Cook Islands Residents, Fiji
Residents and Samoa Residents. Samoa was the eventual winner.
Tri Series was initiated by one person with the support of his club – Pare
Rongokea Jr, who is a former senior rugby union player and has been the
Arorangi Cowboys Rugby Union executive for a number of years,” Teiotu said.
support from the three ethnic communities across the islands were hugely
noticeable throughout the three-day games. The attendance and support by the
communities were extremely successful and in full capacity. The standard shown
during the matches showed real passion and country pride.”
Sevens tournament held last month brought down the curtain on the 2020 season.
Tupapa Panthers retained the men’s title while Avatiu claimed the women’s
division. The U17 division went to Arorangi Cowboys.
behalf of the CIRU, I would like to thank you all of our sponsors and community
stakeholders for their on-going support during the year (2020).”