Philippine Volcanoes Win Silver at Asian Men’s Rugby 7 Championships

The Philippine “Volcanoes” national rugby team was considered this year's rookie but they made it to the finals of the 2011 Asian Men's Rugby Championships.

Philippine Volcanoes

The Philippine Volcanoes have beaten the odds and bagged the silver medal at the recently concluded 2011 Asian Men’s Rugby 7s Championships held at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Now ranked no. 7 in Asia, the Philippine Volcanoes were able to beat powerhouse China and reached their first ever Cup final. It was the very first time that the Philippine team has trumped the Chinese nationals and it was considered a major upset at this year’s meet.

The Philippine team, en route to the finals, had also beaten Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, and host country Malaysia.

In the finals, top team Japan has defended their title after beating the Philippine Volcanoes. But for the Philippine National Rugby team, it feels like they’ve won because beating China and facing Asia’s top rugby team in the finals are already beyond their expectations.

Philippine Volcanoes coach Mat Cullen said “We had set a goal of reaching the last four in the tournament . We have now set a few records. We beat China for the first time and by entering the final we have put Philippine rugby on the map. Finishing second to a team like Japan is an honor. It is way beyond our expectations.”

Unlike the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team who failed to advance to the Olympic qualifier yesterday, the Philippine Volcanoes is now on track to compete next March at the Olympic level in the world renowned Hong Kong 7s.

Below are the names of the Philippine Volcanoes members:

Phil Abraham
Joven Clarke
Justin Coveney
Austin Dacanay
Michael de Guzman
Michael Duhig
Kit Guerra
Chris Hitch
Gareth Holgate
Jake Letts
Michael Letts
Luke Matthews
Patrice Olivier
Tyler Perez
Nick Perry Nick Pineda
James Price
Matt Saunders
Oliver Saunders
Ned Stephenson
Josh Sutcliffe
Richard Taylor
Jaime Urquijo
Rafael Zappia
Rupert Zappia

5 Comments on Philippine Volcanoes Win Silver at Asian Men’s Rugby 7 Championships

  1. I think even though we’re seeing more ‘closed to development’ areas we will get small development areas with different limits and standards. If we don’t restore these historic homes in the proper manor to last and keep them standing we won’t be able to learn from them. We have progressed to the current and now introducing building green for the environment and preservation of these houses..

  2. sana natetelevise naman toh…sayang eh…hindi naten lam na nagwawagi na sila, sana lang naman, para my escape naman tayo sa puro problema diba…i’m proud of this team (volcanoes)….crush ko si patrice olivier…jejejej…share lang….sya ung pinakamatangkad sa team….^_^

  3. JAYPEE PANGCOGA OF KSA // September 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm //

    yan ang pinoy,simply d best!congrts!

  4. Congratulations Phil. Volcanoes!!!

  5. Congratulations, you make our country very proud, Filipino’s are making continuous waves recently, from Shamcey and now this…

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