Cook Islands Rugby League Association president Charles Carlson says he is blessed with incredible talent, but is constantly battling money issues, local expectations and the sport at large.
The Cook Islands has received a massive boost ahead of the Commonwealth Nines competition in Brisbane later this month, with Kiwi Ferns stand-off Kimiora Nati pledging her allegiance to the squad.
The 2019 domestic rugby league club competition may be two weeks away but excitement is mounting as all seven teams prepare to get down to business when the season kicks off next month.
Should Auckland-born Cook Islands rugby league international Esan Marsters build off the success of his NRL rookie season with Wests Tigers, one person that won’t be surprised will be Cook Islands Rugby League Association president Charles Carlson.
Members of the Takuvaine community met yesterday at the local meeting house to witness the blessing of the rugby league team’s new uniforms, something that their coach hopes will be a positive omen for the upcoming season.
After a disappointing end to the 2017 season, Cook Islands international and Sydney Roosters forward Dylan Napa is aiming to establish himself as an Origin regular and a premiership contender.
AFTER a sensational World Cup campaign, Cook Islander and Kangaroos star Valentine Holmes is taking more of a leadership role while learning from the many veteran forwards at the Cronulla Sharks.