Philippine Rugby Team or more popularly known as the Philippine Volcanoes gained much more attention after a controversial billboard of them caught the eye of the public and government officials as well. But aside from that billboard, the Philippine Volcanoes do have more things to show; that is their Rugby talent.
Philippines national rugby union team (Volcanoes) represents the Philippines in international rugby union. Although the Volcanoes has not yet reached the Rugby World Cup, the team have been playing in the Division I at Asian 5 Nations tournaments since 2008.
Philippine Volcanoes – Philippine Rugby Team TIMELINE and HIGHLIGHTS
1998 – PRFU of The Philippine Rugby Football Union was formed.
2005 – Philippine National Sevens Rugby Team got the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games Rugby Sevens Tournament Indonesia, 32-5 (A big winning margin indeed!) in Manila.
2006 – Team Philippines captured its international test match debut against Guam (18-14) with the majority of the squad composed of long term expatriate residents and a small number of Filipino players. At the month of December year of 2006, the Philippine Under-19 team went undefeated in the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) Under-19 Second Division Tournament.
2007 – a year where the team do have an all-Filipino contingent selected for the 24th South East Asian games in Thailand. Philippine rugby union team reached the Medal rounds after 2 days of hard fought pool matches. They defeated Malaysia in the semi-finals. At the finals, the Philippines was matched against the home side Thailand. Thailand team won it via a 29 – 14 victory. The Silver Medal award at the South East Asian Games opened doors for the expansion and development of our rugby team.
2008 – The Philippine Rugby Football Union gained full membership to the International Rugby Board (IRB). At this year as well, the Philippines dominated the fourth-tier of the ARFU Asian 5 Nations Series. Philippine team got the inaugural Division 4 title. The highlight of the said tournament is when the Philippines dominated the Brunei team (101-0) and defeated the home team Guam (20-8). A very large scoring margin dominated by the Philippine team.
2009 – Philippine team won the Asian 5 Nations Division III rugby tournament. Philippines were promoted to the Asian Five Nations Division II tournament.
2010 – Philippines competed in the Asian 5 Nations Division II tournament and won it beating India in the final on a score of 44-12. This year, the team played in ARFU Rugby 7s tournaments in Shanghai, Borneo and the Asian Games in Guangzhou.
As you can see at the above details and timeline, our very own Rugby team do have a winning history with large margins over their opponents. This just mean that the VOLCANOES do have what it takes to compete and beat out their counterparts. We (Filipinos) have a good future
at this sports in my opinion. You what do you think?
Philippine Volcanoes [FEW] Pictures And Images
More photos (BENCH billboard Of Philippine Volcanoes) can be found in this blog post of ROD.
Official Site of the Philippine Rugby Football Union – http://www.prfu.com/