Just last week, it was the Philippine Volcanoes who played on the world stage against Hong Kong, today the grassroots of each nation face off in a international development series, the prize, the First Pacific Cup.
Philippine Rugby and Hong Kong Rugby have invested in this National Development Series for the last 5 years, a pathway for local grassroots and their pathway towards the top level national team.
“It’s a great program to have, one in which I am both sure Unions are proud of” shared Philippine Rugby’s General Manager Jake Letts.
Both national squads are compromised of born and bred grassroots players, who have shown individual talent to be selected in this program. Mixing the best players from each local club to play for their national development teams.
“Our vision for this program is to establish development pathways for locally developed players, players who may not have had the experience our fellow Philippine heritage players have had overseas. We see the difference in opportunities and levels overseas, so we aim to replicate a similar path for our players who learned the game here” added Letts. The Rising Stars, backed by MVP Sport Foundation supports athletes who show potential for national sports in Olympic events. Since Rugby is an Olympic sport, the foundation provides opportunities for the top players to be scouted and coached by the top coaches in the country to give athletes opportunities to play at the highest level. The Rising Stars take on the Hong Kong Warriors at 3:00pm, Saturday at Southern Plains, Calamba. A curtain raiser match will be played before with the Hong Kong Dragons playing The Extincts Rugby Team at 12:30pm