Manila, Philippines - The Philippine Rugby Football Union Inc. (PRFU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Thomas Cragg as the newest member of the Board of Trustees. The decision was made during the 2023 Annual General Meeting held on December 16, 2023, at Taguig City.
Thomas Cragg, currently serving as the Vice President for Sales at KMC Solutions, brings a wealth of experience and passion for rugby to the PRFU Board. Originally from South Wales, Cragg has spent the last 17 years in the Philippines, developing high performance teams since 2006.
With a strong background in Sales and Corporate management, Cragg aims to provide strategic direction to enhance the visibility of Philippine Rugby in the business landscape. His deep-rooted passion for the sport, combined with his extensive network and customer base, positions him to foster synergies that will contribute to the sport's growth.
Cragg's affiliation with KMC Solutions, a valued partner of Philippine Rugby, is expected to open doors to new partnership opportunities and sponsorships. Leveraging KMC's substantial footprint across the Philippines, he aims to secure support that will further propel the development of rugby in the country.
“I’m honored and thrilled to be appointed as a Trustee! I hope to be able to make a real difference during my term and look forward to seeing Philippine Rugby exceed expectations in the coming years!”, said Cragg.
The PRFU congratulates Mr. Thomas Cragg on his appointment and eagerly looks forward to the valuable insights and contributions he will bring to the Board. With Cragg's expertise and dedication, the PRFU is confident in achieving new milestones and strengthening the position of rugby in the Philippines.
In addition to the new appointment, the PRFU is pleased to announce the re-election of two esteemed Trustees:
"I’m excited about the experience Tom brings to the board in addition to the stability provided by the continuity of Rose, Max and other trustees. We are looking at different ways of working and developing rugby with the newly launched strategic direction to future proof rugby, and this group is eager to continue building on the legacy of those who came before", said Ada Milby.
The PRFU looks forward to a successful and collaborative tenure with its newly appointed and re-elected Trustees, further solidifying its commitment to the growth and development of rugby in the Philippines.
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Manila, Philippines – Philippine Rugby Football Union Inc. (PRFU) bids farewell to a stalwart and visionary leader, Jake Letts, who has played a pivotal role in shaping the course of Philippine Rugby over the past two decades.
Jake Letts, who first joined PRFU as one of the inaugural international heritage players in 2005, has been an integral part of the organization, contributing tirelessly both on and off the field. His journey with the Volcanoes saw him represent the team in both 15s and 7s until 2017, showcasing his exceptional skills and commitment to the sport.
Over the years, Letts transitioned seamlessly into administrative roles, taking on the responsibilities of National Teams Manager, General Manager, and eventually serving as CEO. His dedication, leadership, and strategic vision have been instrumental in elevating the stature of Philippine Rugby on the global stage.
In recognition of his unwavering commitment, Jake Letts was co-opted to fill in a vacant Trustee position earlier this year, completing the term which concluded in December 2023. As a Trustee, Letts continued to contribute his expertise and guidance to the Board, leaving an indelible mark on the governance and strategic direction of PRFU.
As PRFU looks back on Letts' significant contributions, the organization expresses its deepest gratitude for his invaluable service. Letts' departure marks the end of an era for Philippine Rugby, and the Board, players, and staff are united in acknowledging the remarkable legacy he leaves behind.
Letts shared, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my short time on the board over the last 10 months. I wish Tom, Ada, Gareth, Max, Phil, Steve and Rose all the very best in these honourable positions for the remainder of their terms. Moving forward I will never be too far away from the organisation, the PRFU has had a special place in my life for a long time. I look forward to seeing their success in time to come. A big thanks to all those who worked alongside not only in the office, but also the entire wider community”., shares Jake Letts.
President for Philippine Rugby Football Union Inc., Ada Milby added, “Jake has played a major role in developing the culture of professionalism within the union. As a player, administrator and trustee, he consistently brought all of his talent and skills to every role. Jake is ingrained into the DNA of rugby in the Philippines that will continue to shape the Game for years to come.
The annual general meeting held last week not only celebrated the accomplishments of the past year but also set the stage for the announcement of the incoming Board Trustees for the new term in the coming year. PRFU looks forward to the continued growth and success of Philippine Rugby under the guidance of new leadership while cherishing the indomitable spirit and enduring legacy of Jake Letts.
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Cebu City, 09 December 2023 – The Visayas Youth Rugby Festival 2023, hosted by the Cebu Dragons Rugby Club in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), marked the culmination of a thrilling year-end tournament for grassroots rugby in the Visayas region. With participants ranging from 7 to 19 years old, the tournament showcased the talent and passion of young rugby enthusiasts across various age categories, including U9, U12, U15, U19, and Girls divisions.
A total of 200 participants competed in this exciting event, bringing together schools and teams from different communities. Notably, the tournament introduced the U9 division for the first time, with Guadalupe Elementary School making their debut and securing an impressive 3rd place finish. Pardo Elementary School secured the 2nd place, while the champions of the U9 division were SOS Children’s Village (photo on the left).
In the U12 division, SOS Children’s Village successfully defended their championship title from the previous tournament. Cebu International School (CIS) claimed the 2nd place, and the Cebu City Mixed Team secured the 3rd place. The U15 division witnessed intense competition, with SOS Children’s Village and CIS teams delivering back-to-back performances. Ramon Duterte High School, featuring new players, showcased remarkable skills to secure the 3rd place. CIS (photo on right) emerged as champions for the first time in the U15 division.
In the U19 division, SOS Children’s Village Cheetahs continued their dominance as back-to-back champions, followed by CIS in 2nd place and Ramon Duterte High School in 3rd place. The Ladies Division showcased outstanding performances, with Team Cebu City claiming the championship, followed by CIS in 2nd place and SOS Children's Village in 3rd place.
Enhancing the excitement of the event were the tackle divisions, namely U19, Men's, and Women's Tackle Divisions. The U19s division saw SOS Cheetahs - the same team who won the U19 touch division - clinch the championship, while in the Men's Division, South District secured the Champion title. Similarly, the Women's Division witnessed South District emerging as the champions.
"It is great to see the continuous growth of grassroots rugby in Cebu City. This is a testament of the dedication and passion of the members and volunteers of the Cebu Dragons Rugby Club. Kudos to the club for their initiatives in partnering with the PSC and the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) to provide more opportunities to the youth in the region", shares Acee San Juan, General Manager of the PRFU.
The Visayas Youth Rugby Festival 2023 not only celebrated the spirit of rugby but also provided a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The organizers express their gratitude to all participants, schools, sponsors, and supporters who contributed to the success of this memorable event.
Manila, Philippines - The 2023 PRFU 7s Series - Luzon 5th and final leg came to an exhilarating conclusion last weekend, 21 October, 2023, at the prestigious Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite. The event witnessed an exceptional display of rugby excellence, with Eagles RFC emerging as the dominant force, securing the CUP Division title for both the Men's and Women's Divisions, and the Men's PLATE Division title for their development team, the Ibons.
In an electrifying showdown in the Men's CUP Division finals, Eagles RFC took on the number 2 ranked team, Manila Nomads, and emerged victorious with a score of 19-7. The Women's CUP Division finals was no less thrilling, as Eagles RFC faced off against the top-ranked SKF Makati Mavericks Ricky, clinching the title with a final score of 14-5. Eagles RFC didn't stop at the CUP Division titles; they also secured the Overall Championship Titles for men's and women's, demonstrating their consistency and prowess throughout the series.
The excitement extended to the Men's Plate Division, where Eagles RFC's second team IBONS triumphed, defeating Global City 7s in the Semi-finals and ultimately clinching the Plate Division title. Ibons secured a default victory over 7s season debutants, the Manila Hapons, as several of the latter's players were unable to continue the game. It's important to acknowledge that Ibons earned this win through their determined performance in the semifinals against Global City 7s and this was the team's first trophy win this season.
The Women's Division Plate Finals match was also a captivating spectacle, marked by the impressive return of the ladies from the north, the Clark Jets. They secured a resounding victory, demonstrating their prowess with a dominant 24-0 lead over the formidable Manila Rogues. This outstanding performance rightfully earned them the coveted trophy, a testament to their hard work and dedication. This is the second Plate trophy for the Jets women as they were also Plate Champions in leg 2 of the series played in September.
The Men's Bowl Division Finals witnessed a remarkable display of skill, determination, and resilience by the Nomads Carabaos. Facing the defending Bowl Division Champions from Leg 4, the formidable SKF Makati Mavericks Roosters, the Nomads Carabaos delivered a resounding performance. They maintained a comfortable and commanding lead throughout the match, ultimately triumphing with a score of 12-0. It is also important to note that this is the first trophy for the young Carabaos team this season. A great win to end an amazing 7s season for this great program!
The 2023 PRFU 7s Series - Luzon ended on a high note, leaving fans and participants eagerly anticipating the next season. Congratulations to all the teams for their exceptional performances and sportsmanship. See you again next year for another thrilling edition of the PRFU 7s Series.
About PRFU: The Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) is the governing body for the sport of rugby in the Philippines. The PRFU is committed to the development and promotion of rugby across the nation and organizes various tournaments, including the PRFU 7s Series, to foster the growth of the sport and provide a platform for rugby enthusiasts to showcase their skills and passion.
The Philippine Rugby Football Union Inc. (PRFU) is excited to announce the culmination of the thrilling 2023 PRFU 7s Series - Luzon, where eleven men's teams and five women's teams will vie for the coveted 7s Season Champion title. The final leg of this exhilarating series will be hosted at the prestigious Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite, on the 21st of October, 2023.
The 2023 PRFU 7s Series - Luzon has been a resounding success, showcasing the exceptional talent and competitive spirit of rugby players from across the Philippines. With four outstanding legs completed, teams have demonstrated their strength, agility, and sportsmanship in the fast-paced and exciting 7s format.
As we approach the grand finale, the spotlight is on the eleven men's teams and five women's teams that have secured their places in this prestigious event. These teams have shown remarkable dedication and skill throughout the series, and they are now prepared to leave it all on the field in their pursuit of the 7s Season Champion title.
The Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub, a state-of-the-art sports facility, is set to witness fierce competition and electrifying rugby action as the teams compete in multiple matches. Spectators can expect a day filled with thrilling tries, impressive tackles, and unforgettable moments. The 2023 PRFU 7s Series - Luzon is not only about fierce competition but also about promoting the growth of rugby in the Philippines. This event is a testament to the PRFU's dedication to developing the sport and fostering a strong rugby community.
The 2023 PRFU 7s Series is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and partners. We extend our gratitude to Philippine Sports Commission, KMC Solutions, Fitness First, Pitch’d and Pillar Sports for their commitment to the growth and development of rugby in the Philippines.
All rugby enthusiasts, sports fans, and families are invited to join us at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub on October 21, 2023, for a day of high-octane rugby action and a chance to witness the crowning of the 7s Season Champions. There will be entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy, making it a perfect day out for all.
Don't miss the thrilling conclusion of the 2023 PRFU 7s Series - Luzon at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite. #SaturdayIsRugbyDay
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About the Philippine Rugby Football Union Inc. (PRFU):
The Philippine Rugby Football Union Inc. (PRFU) is the governing body for rugby in the Philippines, committed to promoting and developing the sport of rugby at all levels across the country. With a focus on youth development, grassroots programs, and national teams, PRFU aims to inspire a new generation of athletes and foster a strong rugby community in the Philippines.
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