Cook Islands Residents are ready for the Fiji Residents-Tabusoro side in the Cook Islands Rugby League Tri Nations Series opener this afternoon at Victoria Park in Tupapa.
Islands Residents captain Toru Katuke says they have had only about a week and
a half to train and come together as a team.
will march into the series opener today with a purpose, building up to the
Pacific Games Nines Competition that will be held in the Solomon Islands in
had a week and a half together. Previous to that everyone has come out of the
(domestic) season, so it’s been two weeks of uncertainty, and when the dates
were confirmed, we got into it. We have had three good (training) sessions so
far with good numbers turning out to training,” Katuke said on Thursday.
some team members were still with their clubs, coming out of the celebration
the feeling among the players in the Cook Islands camp is positive, and they
are happy to continue playing rugby league after the conclusion of the 2023
domestic 13s season.
they are hoping to get the best players together for the Pacific Games Nines through
this inaugural Tri Nations Series.
Series to put the best players together, it is the first time we are doing it
so we will see how it goes.
Cook Islands captain Toru Katuke shares a light moment with team mates. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU /23060207 / 23060208
just play, there are different feelings, some boys did not make the finals in
the league club games, and there are some who want to keep riding on a high, so
there is a mixture of different feelings out there.
I have had with the boys, they are keen to play rugby league again. A lot of
them are grateful that there is a competition for them to play.”
has called on the supporters of both teams to come out in numbers and support
looking forward to seeing the talent, the local boys working with other boys
and those from other clubs.”
Residents-Tabusoro captain Jone Baikeibau said today’s match will see a number
of young players showcasing their talents.
who played for Tupapa Panthers in the club competition, said they are glad with
the opportunity to help prepare the Cook Islands team for the Pacific Games.
they will follow the game plan given by their coach, stay focussed and do their
is also calling on the community to come out in numbers and support the two