Members of the Cook Islands Under 18 Women’s Rugby Development Squad with the management team. SUPPLIED/22091612
A squad of 15 under-18 girls and three game changers will represent the Cook Islands on a trip to Auckland for a world-class rugby development camp from October 5 to 9.
is part of a collaborative pilot programme for the women’s pathway at national
U18 level in partnership with New Zealand Rugby and its Oceania Rugby union
four-day camp has been organised for development squads from the Cook Islands,
Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea, where they will also have the
opportunity to witness the opening match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in
Auckland, New Zealand.
team from Rarotonga will be exposed to top level learning experiences involving
high-performance coaching and support for players to develop their skills,
technically, tactically, mentally, and physically in the game of rugby. They
will also play some matches against the other Pacific Island teams to support
the development programme.
Wednesday, the head coach and management staff with the support of the Cook
Islands Rugby Union finalised its 15-member squad that will travel to New
Zealand on Tuesday, October 4. This team will be met in Auckland by its NZ
based squad members to make up a full-fledged rugby 15s team.
the team will be head coach Harriet Tuara assisted by Stephanie Nooroa. They
will be supported by team manager, Peggy Matapo and World Rugby ambassador
collaboratively with coach mentor Wallace Aroita and co-coaches William Heather
and Raymond Pirangi, the team worked tirelessly to bring the players up to
speed with the game.
said: The support given by our male peers has been insurmountable. I’d like to
acknowledge Wallace, Willie and Ray highly for the mentorship, guidance, wisdom
and leadership they provided the team, both players and myself along with
Steph. They have been a major component of our development and a huge credit to
supporting women and girls in rugby for our country. Thank you guys!”
girls have worked really hard for this campaign and have sacrificed so much of
their time in preparing for the trip. It hasn’t been an easy road for them
especially when the Rugby World Cup 2021 was postponed due to Covid-19. This
pushed the timeframe even further, but they persevered and were patient up to
this day. I take my hat off to them for trusting the process. And it makes me
happy to see that they finally reap the rewards of their hard work and
team will be residing at the Bruce Pulman Park Campus in Takanini, Auckland for
the duration of the trip. Parents are being invited to a meeting this Sunday, September
18 at the CISNOC Office in Nikao from 3pm.