After three months of games between 18 men’s team and 7 women’s team, the Philippine Rugby Football Union is all set for the final battle of the 2017 Globe 7s league, which will feature Philippine Volcanoes playing in their respective clubs.
The finals will be played tomorrow, 28 October 2017 at Southern Plains Sports Field, Canlubang Laguna. Teams from all over Luzon – Eagles RFC, Albay Vulcans, Clark Jet and Subic Sharks – will be travelling to compete with Manila-based clubs such as Manila Nomads, Santos Knight Frank Mavericks, La Liga, Makati Chiefs, Miriam College and QC Polytechnic University.
This weekend will feature the top teams in the Premiership, Championship, Challenger and two Women's Divisions. The Philippine Volcano Men's and Women's National team players are spread among the teams and play alongside and coming local Filipino athletes who have been learning the game over the last few years.
The Men's Division will see the Eagles RFC attempt to defend their Premiership title against formidable opponents including Makati Chiefs, Manila Nomads and current Philippine National Games Gold Medallists, Clark Jets. Makati Chiefs, with four Volcanoes fresh from the SEA Games and Asia Sevens Series are strong contenders to compete for the top prize.
The Quarter Finals kick off at 9.30am and the awards ceremony will take place at 5pm.
Rugby 7s is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and is enjoying an increase in popularity and awareness after its debut at the Rio Summer Olympics last year. In particular, Asia is experiencing rapid rises in participation, thanks to Japan’s winning bids to host the next Rugby World Cup and Olympic Games. This growth has been felt even in the Philippines with the number of teams participating in the local 7s increasing from 18 in 2015 to 25 in 2017.
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