Strict rules for sevens players

Saturday December 22, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Cook Islands Sevens team management has laid strict guidelines for the members of the national squad ahead of the festive break this coming week.

 

With Christmas and New Year’s around the corner, team manager Andrew Iroa said they have asked players to be mindful of their eating and drinking this festive season.

He said they would give two days’ break this week as well as next week to allow the players spend time with their families before getting back into training mode.

The national team is preparing for the Hong Kong Sevens to be held in April next year.

“We want commitment from the players now and not after this festive break. We want the players to be mindful of what they are eating and what they are drinking,” Iroa said.

“Proper diet is an important part of the preparation and we want to ensure the players are in right shape and frame in the lead up to the Hong Kong Sevens.”

Iroa said they were having three training sessions in a week. The Monday session is held at the stadium, a group session on Wednesdays at the gym and a beach session on Saturday morning.

He said they were fortunate to secure the services of qualified trainer Maiti Samson of Tupapa Fitness Gym. Samson is looking after the gym preparation of the players.

The national team also has the services of Teariki Sword who is the team conditioning coach.

“The players also have their own individual gym sessions under the guidance of Maiti or Teariki. They are required to complete this individual gym training.”

Iroa said they wanted the core of the team for Hong Kong to be from Rarotonga, adding the door was still open for others who wanted to represent the country on the international stage.

Meanwhile, the team is looking for local businesses to support their Hong Kong and other international campaigns.

Iroa said they were getting a special training kit which would feature the logos of the local businesses who are supporting them.

“We humbly request the local businesses to come forward to help the team. This training gear will be used at the Hong Kong Sevens, Pacific Games in Samoa and the Oceania Sevens next year.”

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