MANILA - Philippine rugby football is not yet ready to become a world contender but its representatives - the Philippine Volcanoes are proud to be the third best in Asia behind Japan and Hong Kong in Rugby Sevens or seven-a-side.
In fact, Philippine Rugby Football Union general manager Matt Cullen told the PSA forum yesterday that the Volcanoes' schedule will be full with a series of international stints, including Kuala Lumpur on August 31 to September 1, Thailand on September 21 to 22, Mumbai on October 12 and 13 and Singapore on November 2 to 3.
Cullen, who brought along with him players Chris Everingham, Andrew Wolf, Harry Morris, and Gareth Holgate said the Volcanoes will be in for a tough battle in the Men's Sevens series in Kuala Lumpur a ranking tournament for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
"If we land in the Top 4, we will be in good place for the Asiad. It's our goal to win in the Asian Games," said the Briton who has made the Philippines his home for the past 11 years.
The Volcanoes lost all of their three games in Moscow recently through wide margins but they claim the World Cup Sevens in Russia has toughened and taught them lessons useful for their progress.
Former actor-model Wolf said hopes his team would land in the Top 4 of the Sevens being an improved group.
Wolf was member of the Philippine team of Sevens that grabbed the silver medal in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand.
Most of the Volcanoes are half Filipinos and some of them are playing in Japan and Europe aside from holding jobs overseas.
They count on college players now from different schools such as De La Salle, Ateneo, Cebu and other football-loving provinces but for now, the problem is the local players have conflict in schedules at the UAAP, NCAA and their academic requirements as well.
The Philippine Volcanoes, sponsored by Fila, also draws support from the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission.*PNA
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