Manila, Philippines: The Philippine Residents XV, a feeder program to the Philippine Volcanoes, will face an undefeated Guam national team upon their return from the Asia Rugby Division III Championships.
Guam with a string of recent successes defeated Brunei 66 to 12 on Tuesday, and as recently as yesterday, lifted the Championship Trophy after defeating China 52 to 12 which now sets up an exciting match for the Philippine Residents team.
“Guam has had a great week, Division 3 champions which is very well deserved. With a stopover in the Philippines before their final trip home, they reached out to Philippine Rugby to see the possibility of putting together an international match for the development of both our teams. It’s great to host Guam for this match, really exciting to see both teams take the field of battle on Saturday” Jake Letts, General Manager for Philippine Rugby shared.
The Philippine Residents team will be comprised of past, present and future Volcanoes. The aim of the program is to unite all the best rugby players residing in the Philippines regardless of heritage. All players will become, or are already, eligible for national team selection under the World Rugby (International Federation) Regulation 8 ruling.
The program will coincide with the Philippine Volcanoes preparation for the Division 1 Asia Rugby Championships to be hosted also in Manila against Singapore on June 23 and 26. Players selected in the Residents team will be vying for promotion for selection into the Philippine Volcanoes Division 1 team next month.
The Residents will head into this match undefeated, as a national program with two from two wins. The Residents defeated both Sabah and Singapore in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The Philippines will rely on the experience from veterans Joe Palabay Dawson, Gareth Dela Rosa Holgate from Eagles RFC and David Feeney of the Manila Nomads. They will be joined by exciting youngsters Kingsley Ballesteros and Jonel Madrona of the Clark Jets and Lito Ramirez of the Santos Knight Frank Mavericks.
Chris Alamil Everingham, newly appointed Elite Performance Manager for Philippine Rugby is looking forward to showcasing the top locally based players for the Volcanoes. “It’s an exciting new era, mixing in all the best rugby players into one team to take on another Asian rugby nation. We are targeting a win and nothing short. Guam will be a strong contender, we need to give credit where credit is due, and their recent victories are nothing short of hard work. Our team has prepared well and done our hard work, given the short time frame, I am confident they will match it with Guam”.
The Residents XV will be coached by David Johnston and will face Guam at 3:00 pm tomorrow at Southern Plains. The Women’s SPI 15s Championships division will act as the curtain raiser kicking off at 12:15pm. Entry is free.
Players selected to for the Philippine Residents XV:
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