An action-packed fixture will kick off the Cook Islands Tri Nations Series tomorrow at Victoria Park in Tupapa.
Cook Islands Residents will take on Tokouso (Samoa and Tonga) in the opening match of the annual series this weekend.
action-packed day will include under-9/U11 Quick Rip matches between TKV Reds,
Arorangi Bears and Tupapa Panthers starting at 2pm before the Tri Nations clash
Tokouso won the inaugural
series in 2020 before Tabusoro Fiji claimed the title last year.
The Residents are
eyeing the title this year. At the launching of the 2022 series and handover of
polos and singlets from sponsor Vodafone on Friday last week, Cook Islands
Residents’ Francis Toa said: “We need to make a statement, first year Tokouso
took out the competition, second year Team Fiji has taken that out and we are
working really hard with our coach to try and establish our dominance, Cook
Islands dominance in this programme.”
The Residents will
play defending champions Tabusoro Fiji next Saturday, August 20 at The Swamp in
Avatiu. In the final match of the series on August 27, Tokouso will take on
Tabusoro at Raemaru Park in Arorangi.
concept is the next step above club-level, called regional level-rugby, which
sees three residential community teams – Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoa/Tonga –
play a round-robin series of matches against each.
12 noon Gates open: entry fee Adults $3 & Under 16 FREE, 1.50pm Opening prayer by hosts Tabusoro, 2pm U9/U11 Quick Rip Competition: 2x Fields available , 3.45pm Team Flag bearer - are ready & waiting with their teams, 3.47pm Flag bearer leads team towards the central halfway Admi Tent, 3.50pm Both teams/officials to assemble in-front of the central Admin Tent [facing the mountains] – National Anthem: Tokouso, National Anthem: CI, 3.59pm Both are teams announced onto the field by the MC, 4pm Kick-off