The Philippine Volcanoes begin their training camp in preparation for the Philippine National Team's debut at the Rugby World Cup Sevens.
An initial squad of 23 players has gathered at the Acacia Hotel, the team's official residence, under the guidance of National Men's Sevens Coach, Al Caravelli. The team will be trimmed down midway through the camp before they depart for Russia at the end of the month.
Philippine Volcanoes RWC Sevens Training Squad:
Head Coach: Al Caravelli
Team Manager: Matt Cullen
Physiotherapist: Chris Bailey
Asst Physiotherapists: Rico Barin | Antonette Gambito
The Philippines qualified for the Rugby World Cup Sevens by defeating South Korea in the RWC7s qualifiers in November 2012. Other than the Philippines, Japan and Hong Kong are the only Asian countries participating in the RWC7s.
The Rugby World Cup Sevens will be held from June 28-30 in Moscow, Russia. It is the world's premier international rugby sevens competition 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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