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Friday 25 November 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Rugby league, Rugby Union, Sports

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Black Fern home to share rugby knowledge
Women’s Rugby World Cup champion Black Ferns player and Cook Islander Maiakawanakaulani (Maia) Roos (with ei) is met by her family and Black Ferns Krystal Murray and Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, and Cook Islands Rugby Union’s Harriet Tuara at the Rarotonga International Airport. 22112428

Cook Islander Maiakawanakaulani (Maia) Roos, who played an instrumental role in Black Ferns’ Women’s Rugby World Cup win, arrived on the island on Wednesday.

Yesterday morning, Roos joined visiting Black Ferns Krystal Murray and Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate to run a coaching clinic at Apii Avarua

Arriving today is another Black Fern, Liana Mikaele-Tu’u who will be joining her teammates and local women in a “train and play format” rugby game this afternoon. The match will be held at Nukupure Park in Ngatangiia at 5pm.

Harriet Tuara, the Cook Islands U18 women’s head coach, says the match is open to all women and college students who are keen to give rugby 15s a go.

Depending on the numbers the game could end up being a 10s/12s/15s rugby union game, said Tuara.

“There will be lots of learning throughout. The key for us is gaining the participation from our ladies on the island and giving them the opportunity to try the game that we’ve all come to love and see on TV recently.

“We are asking everyone to come to the field at 5pm and support our vaine toa.”

There will be a katikati at the clubhouse after the match. Everyone is welcome to join in and requested to bring a plate to share.