Sevens off to a perfect start

Saturday November 02, 2019 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Former national sprinter Patricia Taea, who plays for Raro All Stars, shows sheer speed against Vaine Mauke. 19110138 Former national sprinter Patricia Taea, who plays for Raro All Stars, shows sheer speed against Vaine Mauke. 19110138

The gloomy weather yesterday failed to dampen the spirit of teams and players participating in the 30th Raro International Sevens.

 

The opening day of the tournament saw some exciting clashes at the National Stadium in Nikao.

Both local and the overseas teams put on a good show ahead of the finals today.

The tournament has 12 men’s and two women’s teams competing.

Tupapa Centre Matie Bar is the defending champions in the men’s division while Rarotonga Brewery Raro All Stars won the title in the women’s division last year.

Locally, Tupapa Panthers, Avatiu Eels and Arorangi Cowboys, who were the runners up last year, are the top bets.

The tournament was first held in 1989. All Blacks Sevens legend Eric Rush played in the inaugural tournament for Sheraton who won that year.

Rush is back this year as the star ambassador of Raro International Sevens.

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