Manila, Philippines - The Philippine Volcanoes National Men’s 15s team in partnership with headline sponsor Seapac Philippines will commence their Asian Rugby Championship Division 1 campaign when the tournament kicks off in on Sunday, 8 May 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Philippines will be vying for the title against Malaysia, Singapore, and last year’s winners, Sri Lanka. The Volcanoes have been preparing for the tournament in difficult, hot conditions at the Southern Plains Rugby High Performance Centre in Silangan, Laguna under the guidance of Head Coach, Stu Woodhouse, Forwards Coach, Dave Johnston, and Set-Piece Coach, Chris Hickey.
“The team is progressing well throughout a tough training camp. There’s a good mix of youth and experience in this squad and we’re looking forward to implementing what we have been working on into next week’s tournament,” said Team Captain, Oliver Saunders.
The Philippine Volcanoes will depart for Malaysia on Saturday, 7 May in preparation for their first game against the host nation on Sunday, 8 May, followed by a rematch with Singapore on Wednesday, 11 May, before their final game against Sri Lanka on Saturday, 14 May. The Volcanoes will be led by Captain Oliver Saunders, as well as experienced campaigners Austin Dacanay, Justin Villazor Coveney, Michael Estrada Duhig, Jake Robirgado Letts and Matt Abalos Saunders. The squad has also been boosted with new and exciting young players who will look to make their mark for the future including Andrew Pagalilauan Ramsden and Aldrin Harvey Mercado. The Philippine Volcanoes remain confident in Division 1 and look to regain the title after a second place finish in 2015.
The games will be played at the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free.
The Philippine Volcanoes’ Fixtures for the 2016 Asia Rugby Championship:
Philippines v Malaysia – Sunday, 8 May 2016, 4.30pm Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Philippines v Singapore – Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 2.30pm Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Philippines v Sri Lanka – Saturday, 14 May 2016, 2.30pm Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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