As a follow up to the arrangements made for the Premier Division of the A5N Tournament, the PRFU is pleased to announce this year’s key line up for the Rugby World Cup 7s to be held on in Moscow, Russia.
"This year’s coaching and management team selection is a result of the PRFU Board’s careful deliberation and planning." Says PRFU President, Rick Santos. "With full recognition of this year’s important milestone in rugby history, we are pleased to announce our line up for the Rugby World Cup Sevens (RWC7s)"
The Philippines RWC7s Key Coaching& Management Positions for 2013:
Al Caravelli (Head Coach):
Al coached the Philippine Volcanoes through the RWC 7s qualifying tournament and into the 2013 RWC 7s. Al brings with him a wealth of experience in Rugby 7s having coached both the USA Eagles from 2006 to 2012.
Al managed to transform the US team into a legitimate IRB Sevens World Series contender in his first few years. After several strong performances in tournaments between 2006-08, he was able to steer the US team to "core" status in 2008, making them one of the 12 teams competing in all events on the IRB Sevens World Series.
Matt Cullen (Team Manager)
Matt brings years of professional rugby union experience to the team having managed and coached several of the Volcanoes teams in the past.
As National Sevens Coach in 2011, he steered the Volcanoes to a second place finish in the Borneo 7s which earned the team an invitation to the prestigious Hong Kong 7s in 2012.
His organizational skills will prove valuable as the Volcanoes travel to Moscow for this historical event.
Al and Matt will be supported by this year’s PRFU RWC 7s Committee Chair Tony Shibley. Tony will be announcing additional members to the committee in the coming days.
The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the premier international rugby sevens competition. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Rugby Board (IRB), and is contested by the world's top 24 men's national sevens teams every four years.
Rugby Sevens, also known as seven-a-side or VIIs, is a variant of Rugby Union in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter matches. Rugby sevens is now recognized as an Olympic sport and will make its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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