The Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) is sending a clear message to all rugby fans: Unruly sideline behaviour will not be tolerated. This message is not only for the Raro 7s tournament which starts this afternoon, but for all future rugby events.
Cook Islands’ bid to qualify for the next Rugby League World Cup has become more difficult following the sport’s international governing body’s decision to reduce the number of teams by six to 10 in the 2026 tournament.
They came, they saw, they conquered. Lady Bears were yesterday crowned the Cook Islands Rugby League 13s women’s champions for the first time after defeating Lady Panthers 28-16 in the final held at Nukupure Park in Ngatangiia.
Lady Bears will enter the Cook Islands Rugby League 13s final as hot favourites against Lady Panthers at Nukupure Park in Ngatangiia this afternoon. But both captains believe ‘final is anyone’s game’ as they prepare to lead their sides in the much-anticipated showdown.