We're overwhelmed that so many of you have taken an interest in the sport of Rugby Union and attended the Rugby 101 Sessions in Ultra. This August, the Philippine Volcanoes want the chance to personally thank you.
Want to be the one that gets up-close & personal with the Philippine Volcanoes? Here's how:
1. Attend at least 2 Rugby 101 Sessions (see flyer below for schedule & details)
2. Write a blog entry or Facebook note about your experience learning/playing the sport
- try to include pics, some Rugby Union rules & trivia
- blog/note can be a single article or a series of entries
- make sure to tag your blog with "PRFU", "Philippine Volcanoes" & "Rugby 101
3. Email your blog entry's link/s to email@example.com
- use the subject line: Meet the Philippine Volcanoes
- include your full name, age, address and contact details
4. Share you Rugby 101 blog entry on Facebook and/or Twitter
Entries must be received by Friday, August 19, 2011
Selected blog entries will be shared on PRFU's Facebook and Twitter accounts
PRFU and the Volcanoes will choose the best blog entryThe winner will receive a National Team jersey and get the chance to meet the Philippine National Men's 7s Team at a private function (Aug 22, 23 or 24)
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Good luck and see you on the pitch!
The Philippine Rugby Football Union has named the players who will compose the National Men's 7s Team to compete in the Shanghai 7s Rugby Tournament in August. The 12 players are:
The tournament is scheduled on August 27-28 in China. As the first stop in the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, the Shanghai Sevens will host the top 12 sides from across the continent including hosts China along with Hong Kong, Japan and two time defending champions Korea.
The Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) have opened the doors to coaching and developing the sport of Rugby Union at Filipino Universities. They held the inaugural IRB Level 1 Coaches’ Course at the University of Makati (UMAK) campus last week.
Fifteen UMAK PE staff members and three University Sports Directors attended the Certificate Course that was conducted by PRFU National team coach, Matt Cullen. The IRB Level 1 Course is an introductory course for all coaches to learn about the Sport of Rugby Union and how to coach this new sport in their PE classes or afterschool clubs. The PRFU are aiming at growing the sport of Rugby Union in the Philippines and will be running similar Internationally Accredited Courses at other Universities in the coming months with a vision of one day beginning a Universities Rugby Union League.
Rugby 7s is now played at the South East Asian and Asian Games and will be reintroduced to the Olympics in 2016. As part of this build up, the Philippines will be creating strong teams in both Men’s and Women’s divisions and Coach Cullen states that “Rugby 7s is the perfect game for the Filipinos to play, you have to be fast, agile, have good hand-eye coordination and be able to play as a team. Rugby 7s is a game that anyone with sporting ability can play, unlike 15s, you don’t need to be big and strong. Speed and agility are essential.” He believes if we start with Universities in 2011, that by 2016 Olympics we could have a very competitive National Men’s and Women’s 7s teams competing for places at the Olympics.
The program that PRFU are running at the University of Makati is to be introduced in four phases:
1. IRB and Rugby Ready coaching Certificate Courses for PE Teachers & Students
2. Touch Rugby in PE classes and club sports
3. Start a Rugby 7s University Club
4. Trial & select players for the National u18, u20 and Men’s and Women’s Teams
Ultimately the PRFU would also like to run a separate Universities Rugby 7s league and involve up to 10 major universities, this would then allow students the opportunity to learn a new sport and also strive to represent their country in Rugby 7s at SEA, Asian and Olympic Games.
The PRFU are happy to provide Coaches, Resources and Kit to any University programs that would like to start Rugby 7s or Touch Rugby as part of their sports programs. You can contact Matt Cullen at the PRFU office on 02 706 4668 or mattcullen67@hotmail to find out how the PRFU can support and help your University Sport Programs grow and give students a chance at succeeding in a new sport called Rugby Union.
The Nomads Rugby club once again proved that they are the local champions at 15s Rugby in the with a hard fought win over their cross town rivals the Alabang Eagles by 36 – 19. The game started with a torrential downpour that did not let up throughout the afternoon and the Nomads Rugby pitch turned into a mud bath as both teams scrambled to win the slippery ball.
During the first period of the game, Nomads played in the Eagles territory which resulted in David Feeney and Pierre Fallourd scoring the first two tries for Nomads to take a 12 – 0 lead. The Alabang Eagles finally realized that they could not win the game from their own quarter and punched the ball downfield to capitalize on a Nomads mistake and Rimex Davai beat two defenders in the slippery conditions to score the opening try for the Eagles. The Eagles attacked again immediately from the kick off and Tim Bweheni scored to give the Eagles the lead 12 – 10. Nomads then kicked the ball deep and the Eagles once again tried to run from their own quarter only to knock the ball on and give Nomads possession again, which resulted in a Kevin Ogley try out wide that left the halftime score at 17 – 12 to Nomads.
As the rain came down it was obvious that whichever team played the territorial advantage, would benefit in the second half. Nomads dominated the second half and scored three unanswered tries with Nomads Captain Jon Morales crossing first, to be followed by Kevin Ogley and finally Nick Treweeke. Danny Williams had a successful day with the boot in the wet conditions and converted three tries to take out the PRFU 15s league trophy.
The game was played in a competitive and fair spirit and the Alabang Eagles fought hard and without their injured star players David Carman, Chris Hettel, Andrew Wolff and Eric Tai it was always going to be difficult to win against a full strength Nomads outfit.
The PRFU 15s Division 1 “Most Valuable Player” was awarded to Nomads newcomer Kevin Ogley.
ALABANG IBONS TAKE OUT THE PRFU 15s DIVISION 2 TITLE
Meanwhile, it was hard to decipher the teams in the Division 2 PRFU 15s Final with the field becoming a sea of mud and rain. The Alabang Ibons had remained undefeated coming into the Div 2 final and once again proved too strong for the Globe Immortals, winning the final by 34 – 5. This was the Globe immortals first years at playing 15s style Rugby and they will make improvements for next year’s competition. The Ibons were led by Philippine National u20s brothers Jovic and Jeepy Paypon who both played and scored tries in the backs, while PRFU local legend Gabby Roque and up and coming u18s National player Ross “Barnaby” McLeod led the forwards up the middle of the field.
The PRFU Division 2 “Most Valuable Player” was awarded to Ross McLeod.
The PRFU will now host the HK u21s team to play a two game series against the Philippine National Development team here on Aug 17th and 20th. The National Development team is selected from locally based Filipino players who have learnt and played their Rugby here in the Philippines.