The 2018 international season for Philippine Rugby continues this December 2018 as both the Women’s National Development Team, and the U19 Junior Volcanoes take the field to once more before the years end. 2018 for Philippine Rugby has been one of the most successful seasons to date with the Men’s National Program achieving success across all levels.
In a one off international exhibition match in April 2018, the Men’s Residents XV team defeated Guam. The Men’s 15s team was crowned Champions over Singapore in the Division 1 Asia Rugby Championships.
In the First Pacific Cup, the U19 National Development Team defeated the Hong Kong Junior Warriors. The Men’s National Sevens Team finished with a Bronze Medal in the 2018 Asia Sevens Series, achieving the third highest rank in Asia.
For the women’s program, a silver medal finish in the Division 1 Asia Rugby Women’s Championships in June 2018. An additional Silver Medal finish in the 2018 Asia Trophy Series in October 2018 also capped off a remarkable international season for the Lady Volcanoes.
“It’s been a positive year for our international programs,” Jake Letts of Philippine Rugby shared. “We hope to add two more successful campaigns to finish off 2018.”
On December 8, 2018, the Lady Volcanoes development program takes on the Singapore Bedoks at Faith Academy. Both teams traditionally set for a close encounter.
“Last year, the Bedoks got away with a close win,” Letts shared. “Hopefully, this year our ladies can get one back. We are currently playing in top form, so hopefully we can finish on another high.”
The U19 Junior Volcanoes are also in preparation for an international competition. The youth program also backed by First Pacific and the MVP Sports Foundation is preparing for the 2018 Asia Rugby Division 1 U19s Championships in Bangkok, Thailand next week.
Rassiel Sales of the women’s program will as always be a threat for the Philippine attack. For the U19 Junior Volcanoes, Craig Bayer Wallace will return in a key role.
The Volcanoes will face host Thailand on December 11, 2018 in the hope to secure a place in the final against either China or Singapore on December 14, 2018. Letts sees it as more of an opportunity to scout future talent.
“The U19s program is very important to what our future holds,” Letts said. “These players will be the basis of our National Teams in the future. It’s a great opportunity for our athletes to impress our current national coaches at an international level.”
The U19s will be coached by Stu Woodhouse and David Johnston. Philippine Rugby has been fortunate enough to have First Pacific and MVP Sports Foundation as headline investors for these programs as they help support and pave the future for Rugby development in the Philippines.