Filipino rugby, which has gained a huge following in recent years, has brought its act to England and did very well by completing a podium.
The Volcanoes Development 7 mounted a rally at the end of the tournament, winning three consecutive games to save the bronze medal at the Cheltenham 7 over the weekend.
It was a huge boost for the Filipinos, who will see action in the tough London 7s below.
“It was a good way to end the tournament,” said Vince Amar Young, UK program team leader. “Fortunately for our team, we recovered and played good rugby to finish third of the 12 teams that entered.”
Will Obienta Anderson won the Player of the Tournament award when he powered the Volcanoes, who began the game with back-to-back losses at the hands of the Patriots (20-19) and Phystory RFC (19-14).
Anderson received wide support from Rafael Dian Zappia and Charles Amistozo-Warren.
The Volcanoes Development, the farm team of two-time Southeast Asian Games champion Philippine Volcanoes, is now preparing for its third event for the England swing.
Joining the team this weekend are Sam Aquino Callaghan and Jerome Padillo Rudder, both key stars of the show. Rudder earned his spot after starring in the Volcanoes during the 2019 Asia Sevens Series season.
The team will also host two former Under-19 nationals, Francis Glen Serafica and Ethan Cuison Chen. Tomas Villalba Smith will make his debut, following in the footsteps of his older brother Luc.
“This weekend will be exciting for the team; The London 7 will see a host of teams and spectators. We have selected another strong and young team as well as some new debuting talents, ”said Philippine Rugby’s Jake Letts.
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