Cooks and Tahiti start on the road to RWC Japan 2019
Fans worldwide will be treated to a Polynesian international rugby fest with the live stream of the 2017 Oceania Cup from Cook Islands this week.
The match between Pacific neighbours, Cook Islands and Tahiti, will double up as a Rugby World Cup qualifier and it will provide the perfect end for ‘Te Maeva Nui 2017’ -- the annual week-long cultural celebrations on Rarotonga.
The game will be live streamed via the Ministry of Cultural Development, Cook Islands which can be viewed at www.culture.gov.ck/rugby and Oceania Rugby (insert link)
The Tahitian team has arrived in Rarotonga ahead of the match, searching for its first win over its close rivals. The history between the two countries will be sure to add to the intensity of the match with the Cook Islands having made its international debut at 4th South Pacific Games in Pape’ete, Tahiti in 1971 however it wasn’t until the 1985 Mini South Pacific Games that the two teams meet on home soil for the Cook Islanders who went on to claim the gold that year.
With the recent appointment of Wally Tangata as coach and Vase Samania as his assistant, the Cook Islands side will contain a number of local-based players for this one-off match and Moana Moeka’a, Cook Islands President says, “it is important that they take advantage of this opportunity to give the Cooks the best chance to advance to the next stage of Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification.”
Charles Tauziet, Tahiti Ruby Union President, noted that “the team from Tahiti contains 8 France based players in Fédérale 1 and Fédérale 2 (third and fourth tier), which will give Tahiti the best opportunity to secure their first win against their close rivals.”
Capping off the festivities this week will be the celebrations of the Cook Islands ‘Superteam’ that won Silver at the 1971 South Pacific Games in Pape’ete, surviving members of the team will be acknowledged by the Cook Islands Rugby Union prior to kick off at the ground.
More information on the Oceania Rugby Cup and past winners: HERE
More information on the Rugby World Cup qualification: HERE
More information on the Te Maeva Nui 2017: HERE
2017 Oceania Rugby Cup Fixture
Friday 4 August
Cook Islands v Tahiti New Zealand, 3pm CKT
Venue: Cook Islands National Stadium, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS
Broadcast details: Live streamed on Oceania Rugby Facebook and www.culture.gov.ck/rugby