Members of the Cook Islands 7s team to the Oceania 7s and Pacific Games during their fundraiser at Punanga Nui Market in October. MELINA ETCHES/23101534
The Cook Islands men’s and women’s teams are ready to give their best at the 2023 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship this weekend.
Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship is the premier rugby event on the Oceania
calendar, and it is the only competition open to all the 17 member unions and
associate members from across the region.
is the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship’s 13th edition of the event.
Cook Islands teams departed this week for Brisbane, Australia, for the
tournament to be held from November 10-12 at Ballymore Stadium.
Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) says the team is in high spirit as they embark on
their journey towards Australia.
prestigious event serves as a test of skill, endurance, and teamwork, and our
team is ready to give it their all.
incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication each of these athletes have
shown in getting to this point. They truly embody the values of sportsmanship
and camaraderie, and we have no doubt they'll represent our nation with honour
2023 competition is significant due to select teams vying for one spot in each
of the men’s and women’s sections for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Oceania Region has the current Olympic and World Championship gold medallists
in both the men’s and women’s sections.
winner of the men’s Olympic qualifier in Brisbane, will see for the very first
time a fourth Oceania team participate in the men’s section at the Olympics in
Paris 2024. Oceania Rugby is targeting six teams in the Men’s section and five
teams in the Women’s section in 2032
two highest placed non-HSBC Sevens World Series teams in the overall Men’s
section will qualify for the 2024 World Rugby Challenger Series.
highest placed non-HSBC Sevens World Series team in the overall Women’s section
will qualify for the 2024 World Rugby Challenger Series.
2023 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship fixtures 25 teams – 15 men’s and 10
women’s teams from 14 countries in the region participating. Eighteen teams
will be vying for Olympics qualification.
top placed men’s and the top placed women’s teams in the Olympic qualification
sections of the 2023 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship will qualify to the 2024
Rugby general manager, Frank Puletua highlighted the significance of these
events saying: “This championship is not just a sporting event; it's a
celebration of cultures, traditions, and the enduring spirit and skill of rugby
players across Oceania. It's a chance for emerging and established talents to
shine on a global stage and take a significant step towards achieving their
women’s Olympic section of the tournament will feature American Samoa, Fiji,
Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu all
vying for the sole qualification spot to Paris 2024. The men’s Olympic section
will see these national teams and others battle it out for a final spot joining
Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand in Paris.
Men’s International section will feature arguably the world’s premier sevens
teams with Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand pooled together with Niue and the
Oceania invitational team.
year’s edition of the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship will see the American
Samoa women’s team make their International Sevens debut.
Cook Islands men’s is pooled with Samoa, Solomon Islands,
American Samoa and Tuvalu. The women’s team is grouped with Fiji, Tonga and
invites everyone to join them in cheering the team on and “to show them their
unwavering support and make them feel their families and supporters’ presence
even thousands of miles away”.
The Cook Islands 7s teams will head to the
Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands from the Oceania 7s tournament.