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‘She’s a Ruckstar’: A fun and safe space for local girls to learn and love rugby

Saturday 15 April 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Rugby Union, Sports


‘She’s a Ruckstar’: A fun and safe space for local girls to learn and love rugby
Former Cook Islands 7s rep Saphire Abraham, who featured for Hurricanes Poua in the Super Rugby Aupiki competition, and her partner Barbra Auva’a, a champion New Zealand powerlifter and rugby player, held rugby clinics in Rarotonga earlier this month. SUPPLIED/23041502

‘She’s a Ruckstar’: A fun and safe space for local girls to learn and love rugby

The Cook Islands Rugby Union through its women’s steering committee will hold “She’s a Ruckstar” junior and youth rugby skills clinic for girls aged six years and over from April 17-19 at Raemaru Park in Arorangi.

The objective of the programme is to provide a fun  and safe space for our girls to learn and love rugby.

According to the organisers, “She’s a Ruckstar” is a three-day grassroots level programme that will run over the school holidays for girls aged from 6-17 years old to give them a fun and engaging experience where they will learn and love the game of rugby.

It will cover four skill block sessions – Set Up Routine, Principles of Attack, principles of Defense and In-Game Application

Each Skill Block session has been structured around the needs of three distinct age groups:

  • First Steppers – U10s 6-10 years
  • Rookie Rangers – U14s 11-14 years
  • Ruck Stars – U18s 15-18 years

“For easy distinction we have colour-coded each age group.”

All participants will need to bring their own water bottles, snacks, running shoes (optional), comfortable training t-shirt (colour-coded), training shorts and spare change of clothes.

Contact Harriet Tuara on +682 74311 or email for any further information.


Monday – 8:30am Registrations, 9am Orientation & Introductions, 10.30am-12pm Skills Block 1: Warm up, Routine set up and stretch, 12pm-1pm Lunch and closing.

Tuesday – 8.30am       Welcome & Opening Prayer, 9:00am-11:00am Skills Block 2: Principles of Attack, 11.15am-12pm Skills Block 3: Principles of Defence, 12pm-1pm Lunch & Closing.

Wednesday – 8:30am Welcome & Opening Prayer, 9:00am-9:30am Day 2 Revision, 9.30am-11am Skills Block 4: In­ Game Application, 11.15am-12pm Feedback Session, Lunch & Closing.