Philippine Rugby are proud to announce a Rugby partnership with one of Australia’s premier sporting clubs, Brothers Rugby Club - Brisbane. The partnership is the first of a number of partnerships Philippine Rugby will endeavour to secure outside of the countries homeland.
As the pandemic continues to have a drastic effect on the game locally, Philippine Rugby will increase their focus on rugby activities abroad to ensure development programs continue to drive towards participation and development. One of the strategies the Union has adopted in 2021 is to target Philippine communities abroad that have returned to the field, with a focus on players that have links to established clubs. “There’s around 20,000 Filipinos residing in the greater Brisbane area, a heartland for rugby talent. We aim to target Filipinos who are playing rugby and residing anywhere within the state of QLD” Jake Letts CEO of Philippine Rugby shared. Brothers has already played a role in developing four Volcanoes in the past, namely Michael and Francis Estrada Duhig, as well as Andrew Pagalilauan Ramsden and Robert Benitez McCafferty. Former Volcano Michael Estrada Duhig played rugby at Brothers for over a decade, paving the way for a connection to the established club. “Both Brothers and the Volcanoes have a special place in my heart, it’s great to be able to connect two great establishments to help drive rugby growth and continue to build the brotherhood” shared Duhig.
Brothers Rugby Club - Brisbane is known for being at the forefront of rugby innovation drawing players, supporters and volunteers from all corners of Australia the world. A club driven by family values is exactly what has contributed to the support Brothers will provide for both Philippine Rugby, as well as Asia Rugby as a whole. “As a community club Brothers have both the values system, the resources and the facilities to help support attracting top level rugby talent in the area. We are excited to not only be associated, but also remain in partnership in years to come. We hope to repay the favour in the future, offering a unique rugby location for Brothers to travel to and play in a post-pandemic world” Letts added.
The Talent Identification and Recruitment Day (TIRD) will invite and target all past, present and future Filipino players to congregate to not only connect, but also have an opportunity to be assessed by National Coaches Stu Woodhouse and Fitz Taua’a who both represent the National Men’s and Women’s program. The two hour training session will have the players showcase their skillset as well as have an opportunity for new players to make an impression to secure selection in future national competitions. The session is open to all youth, age grade and open players allowing all players to have access to Philippine Rugby pathways.
The date of the TIRD is scheduled for Sunday, September 26 at 11:30 AM at the Brothers home field. It will be open to all Filipino rugby players based in QLD. A registration sheet will be posted on both social media and the Unions website to track participants. The partnership with Brothers showcases what rugby stands for, a sport for all, true to its values.
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