Thursday, May 8, 2014

Philippine Volcanoes Looking forward to 2nd half of the Asian 5 Nations Series

After taking on Asian heavyweights Hong Kong and Japan, the Philippine Volcanoes will regroup this week to prepare for the second half of the 2014 HSBC Asian Five Nations Rugby Tournament.

The Philippine Volcanoes hope to come up with an explosive windup to their campaign in the 2014 Asian 5 Nations (A5N) tournament, seeking crucial victories against Sri Lanka on the road and Korea at home in a bid to stay in the Premier division of Asia’s elite rugby tournament next year. Volcanoes take on the Sri Lankans on May 17 at Race Course Rugby Grounds in Colombo then host the Koreans at the new Southern Plains facility in Laguna a week later. 

The Philippines Last met Sri Lanka in 2012 during the A5N Division 1 tournament in Rizal Memorial Stadium where the two teams, both tied with two wins a piece, battled for the division's top spot. The Volcanoes won this encounter, 28 - 18 to advance to the Premier Division, while Sri Lanka remained in Division 1.

For the Sri Lanka outing, the Volcanoes will welcome the return of five veterans led by former captain Michael Letts, Chrivolcanos Hitch, Michael Duhig, and Phil Abraham. 

The A5N campaign also jump starts the Volcanoes’ buildup for the rugby sevens competitions in the Asian Games in Incheon, where they target a podium finish.

After Sri Lanka, the Philippine team will travel back home at the Eagles' Nest in Cabuyao City to face South Korea on May 24.

The rugby competition in the said sporting event will serve as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil as the gold and silver medalists will get the outright ticket there.

The Philippine Volcanoes would like to thank the Philippine Sports Commission and the 2014 Major Sponsor JML Philippines and Kit Sponsor FILA

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