Rugby league

League Nines in Paradise off to exciting start

Saturday 7 January 2023 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Defending champions Tupapa Panthers suffered a shocking loss to a resurgent Titikaveka Bulldogs on day one of the League Nines in Paradise tournament at the National Stadium in Nikao on Friday.

Rugby league


Youngsters set to lead

Friday 6 January 2023 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in League, Rugby league, Sports

The pioneers of women’s rugby league in the Cook Islands have stepped aside to allow upcoming players to lead the charge in this weekend’s League Nines in Paradise tournament.

League


Kids learn rugby league tricks from superstars

Thursday 5 January 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Rugby league, Sports

More than 60 young children aged six to 12 gathered at the Nukupure Park in Ngatangiia eager to learn some rugby league tricks from Kiana Takairangi and a number of Australian league stars.

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Raro clubs set for 2023 Nines battle

Thursday 5 January 2023 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in League, Rugby league, Sports

Twelve teams will compete across three categories – open men’s, open women’s and under-18 men’s – in the 2023 League Nines in Paradise this weekend.

League

Junior Rugby League Skills Clinic

Thursday 29 December 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Aspiring rugby league players will get a chance to learn the tricks of the trade from Cook Islands international and CK Athletic co-founder Kiana Takairangi.

Rugby league


Cook Islands amongst best improvers in International Rugby League rankings

Friday 23 December 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islands teams are among the best improvers in the latest International Rugby League World Rankings but the head of the national body says he still doesn’t agree with the ranking system.

Rugby league


NZ Warriors aim to tap into Māori, Pasifika talent pool

Wednesday 14 December 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islands will be hoping to gain exposure and experience from NZ Warriors’ commitment to have Māori and Pasifika representation in their sides at all levels, forming a new partnership to allow players a pathway towards the NRL and NRLW.

Rugby league


Wiki hopes to follow in father’s footsteps

Saturday 10 December 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islander Mackenzie Wiki has been signed up to the Canberra Raiders squad for the NRLW Premiership, and it’s been called a boon for Rugby League in the Cook Islands.

Rugby league


Kukis learn 2025 World Cup fate

Thursday 1 December 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islands men’s side will take on the winner of the 2023 Middle East Africa Cup for a spot in the 2025 Rugby League World Cup to be held in France.

Rugby league


Black Fern home to share rugby knowledge

Friday 25 November 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Rugby league, Rugby Union, Sports

Cook Islander Maiakawanakaulani (Maia) Roos, who played an instrumental role in Black Ferns’ Women’s Rugby World Cup win, arrived on the island on Wednesday.

Rugby league


Samoa’s biggest weapon shut down; shining light in World Cup heartbreak: Player Ratings

Monday 21 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Samoa’s hearts were broken in the World Cup final with Australia running riot in a 30-10 win at Old Trafford.

Rugby league


Toa Samoa Rugby League World Cup parade unites

Saturday 19 November 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Entertainment, Local, National, Rugby league, Sports

In true Pacific style, flags of the Pacific islands including the Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji and Tonga billowed amongst the deep red of Samoa’s, united in their support for Toa Samoa, in yesterday’s parade.

Entertainment


Moana target 2025 World Cup

Friday 11 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islands Moana head coach is already turning his attentions towards 2025. By Megan Armitage at the LNER Stadium.

Rugby league


Cook Islands has beaten France 26- 18 in the Women's Rugby League World Cup

Thursday 10 November 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Rugby league, Sports

It was the first-ever meeting between the two sides - they battled it out for a first win of the tournament following successive defeats against New Zealand and Australia in the opening rounds.

Rugby league


Fighting for pride and ‘mana’

Thursday 10 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islands head coach Rusty Matua revealed pride is the driving factor for his team ahead of their clash with France early today at 7am. By Megan Armitage of rlwc2021.com.

Rugby league


Cook Islands star urges more players to switch nations

Tuesday 8 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islands co-captain Kimiora Breayley-Nati believes that if more people follow her lead and switch to a lower tier nations for international honours, the game will grow even more than it has in recent years.

Rugby league


Wiki scores in Moana’s 34-4 loss to NZ

Monday 7 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Rugby league, Sports

New Zealand have confirmed their spot in the semi-finals of the women’s World Cup following a 34-4 victory over the Cook Islands yesterday.

Rugby league


‘Gutsy’ Moana lose opener

Thursday 3 November 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islands Moana went down fighting to reigning champions Australia Jillaroos 74-0 in their opening women’s Rugby League World Cup clash in England yesterday.

Rugby league


Chantay Kiria-Ratu: The Cook Islands ‘superstar in the making’

Tuesday 1 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Rugby league, Sports

If you haven’t heard of Chantay Kiria-Ratu, chances are you will by the end of the Women’s Rugby League World Cup with the teenage Cook Islands halfback ready to take the competition by storm.

Rugby league


‘Extremely disappointing’: Kukis end World Cup campaign with big loss

Monday 31 October 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby league, Sports

Cook Islands slumped to one of their worst defeats after going down to powerhouse Tonga 10-92 in their final Rugby League World Cup group match early yesterday.

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