The four-person team, which includes three Cook Islanders – Wayne Marsters, Nathan Mauger and Te Kura Rongo Ngata-Aerengamate – as well as Anna Darling, will arrive this Sunday to launch the new non-contact game.
From next Monday to Thursday, the NZRU team will be visiting schools and colleges during the day and holding coaching workshops in the evenings.
All potential Quick Rip coaches, as well as sevens, XVs or league coaches are encouraged to attend the evening coaching workshops, as these skills are transferable.
The Pacific Sporting Partnerships - Sports for Health (Rugby) Activity is a joint NZRU and CIRU programme to promote healthy living in the Cook Islands.
With the Cooks Islands being ranked amongst the top five at-risk Non Communicable Disease (NCD) countries in the Pacific region, we all need to take responsibility to fight against this NCD epidemic.
The need to watch what we eat and to exercise regularly are some of the keys to combating NCDs.
Quick Rip is just like rugby sevens but is played using tags. It is an easy to learn, non-contact game which is lots of fun for boys, girls and people of all ages, sizes and shapes.
Marsters is the current NZRU coach development manager, and has previously been involved with the Crusaders.
He played for the Arabian Gulf at sevens and XVs, while he was the player-coach at Abu Dhabi Harlequins.
He was also the coach of the Arabian Gulf during their opening campaign in the new Asian Five Nations in 2008, then coached the Dubai Exiles and in Iran.
He returned to the UAE to oversee the game’s development there, with a particular responsibility for Emirati development.
Secretary general of the UAE rugby federation, Qais Al Dhalai, said Marsters has played a vital role in the development of the game there.
Ngata-Aerengamate is one of the top front-rowers in the world, and was a try scorer in the Rugby World Cup final when the Black Ferns defeated the England Roses 41-32.
She has also represented the Cook Islands at international rugby league level in the regular and abbreviated (nines) format.
Nathan Mauger, older brother of 45-test All Black Aaron, is from the Ngati Maoate family, and as of last week was named technical assistant of the national squad as they prepare for a home and away World Cup qualifier against a yet to be named Asian opponent.
Mauger himself had a reputable career, donning the black jersey for two matches, against Ireland A and Scotland A, and he also represented Canterbury and the Crusaders.
Darling, who represented Manawatu, has been the Women’s Rugby development manager since 2016.