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Saturday 19 June 2010 | Published in Regional

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The Arorangi Rugby Union Club officially unveiled and blessed their new ‘armour’ for the 2010 to 2013 rugby seasons.

A special ceremony was held for the occasion at the Arorangi club rooms at the Raemaru Park where club and uniform sponsors were humbly honoured by the club and players.

Island Car and Bike Hire have stepped up to sponsor the clubs premier and reserve grade uniforms while the Avatiu-Nikao Mongoose Golden Oldies Club have dug deep to supply all Rarotonga and one Aitutaki club with uniforms for the under 13 grade, including the mini Cowboys.

Mongoose representative Robert Skews reiterated that the club was not a drinking club for old boys and they were proud to contribute to the development of rugby in the Cook Islands.

Richard Vinsen of Island Car and Bike Hire says that he has always wanted to do something like this for the club as his business is based in Arorangi.

“My family and I also live in Arorangi so we are Arorangi people and we are supportive of the Arorangi community,” says Vinsen.

The main message pushed at the ceremony was for players in all grades to wear the Arorangi colours with pride.

Arorangi Sports Association president William Heather Snr gave a brief history of the Arorangi colour which has, like most of the clubs on Rarotonga seen some changes over the years.

But red, the colour of danger, is the Arorangi colour that will be worn with pride this season.

As well as blessing the uniforms, the club also gave special awards to three hard working members of the club for their outstanding service to the club.

Robert Heather, Ali Napa and Lara Sadaraka were all honoured and presented mini trophies to show the clubs appreciation for their hard work in development, coaching and financial control of the club.

So when you see red this rugby season, this is the sign of danger, the colour of the Arorangi Cowboys.