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
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
“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.