The duo are the Quick Rip Sevens educators from New Zealand Rugby Union. They are accompanied by the project manager for the Pacific Sporting Partnership, Tim Gilkison.
Cook Islands Rugby Union development manager Ben Koteka said the purpose of their visit is to help upskill the local coaches at all levels.
“The educators are programmed to do work in the schools, colleges and clubs,” Koteka said.
Club and Manawatu Cyclones player Darling joined the women’s rugby team as a women's rugby development manager in February 2016 and supports the Hurricanes region in growing the women’s game.
Based in Wellington and formerly part of New Zealand Rugby’s People and Capability team, she also has a leadership role within the women’s rugby team as well as responsibility for capability development on a national level.
Mauger, who played for Canterbury Crusaders also featured for the All Blacks in 2002 in which he played two games but never played a test. He made his debut against Ireland A and played his latest game against Scotland A.
As well as playing for the Crusaders, Mauger also played for Gloucester in England, Treviso in Italy and Ricoh in France. He returned to Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2008 where he has started a rugby academy.
Mauger is the brother of former All Black, Aaron Mauger, who is now coaching the Highlanders.
Meanwhile the Sports for Health programme is about ensuring children learn about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle from a young age, while also gaining skills like team work and fair play.
New Zealand is providing $4 million over five years for the rugby component, which will be delivered in partnership with New Zealand Rugby.
Note: Mauger’s take on Pacific Sporting Partnership – Sports for Health Rugby programme in tomorrow’s edition.