Philippine Rugby successfully identified new talent at their recent talent identification and recruitment day at Brothers Rugby - Brisbane, with the next stop already lined up for Hong Kong.
The union held focused skills and speed session over two hours led by Volcanoes alumni Expo Mejia, Michael Estrada Duhig and Rob Benitez McCafferty. The session identified new recruits and gave the opportunity for new and returning players to be selected into the program for the upcoming international season in 2022.
“We had a great turnout in Brisbane, we knew we could find talent there and we were able to thankfully. Some future Volcanoes can now be led into the program over the next few years thanks to our support staff and the help of Brothers Rugby - Brisbane” Jake Letts of Philippine Rugby shared.
Some of the local standouts included brothers George and James Nield, along with Takian-Lani Buchanan and Alana Grace among others. The coaching staff also benefited from having local Brothers Rugby star Phoenix Hunt who assisted on the day and who also holds Philippine heritage.
"Having the playing calibre of Phoenix Hunt and his assistance was spectacular for the event, he's the type of player we would look towards in the future" Letts added. Some active Volcanoes Tommy Kalaw Gilbert, Jason Cale Schirmer and Steve Bernstrom also returned to the program after some time away due to the postponed international calendar.
After the event, Philippine Rugby will look at a possible representation match for the Hong Kong-based players which will ensure rugby continues to be developed outside the country as it still faces restrictions in the Philippines. The event will also be attended by long term development partners the Pot Bellied Pigs (PBP) who are a rugby club based in Hong Kong. The PBP raises funds each year as a donation given to seven rugby clubs around the regions to ensure rugby continues to grow across the provinces.
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