PHL to host 2015 Asian Rugby Championships

Posted on February 20, 2015

THE PHILIPPINES prepares itself to host the 2015 Asian Rugby Championships (ARC) that will be held at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan on May 3, 6 and 9, and the Philippine Volcanoes will be playing for national pride in front of their countrymen.

Formerly known as the Asian Five Nations tournament, the 2015 ARC will feature four of rugby-playing nations in Asia under the auspices of the Asian Rugby Football Union’s (ARFU) Division I. These are the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan and Singapore.

According to Matt Cullen, former coach of the Volcanoes and current director of the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU), thanks to the support of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the PRFU has tried to spread the love for the sport outside Metro Manila. “We’ve been reaching kids in Cebu, Davao and Bacolod,” he says.

2015 will be a critical year for the Volcanoes as they will be participating in the Southeast Asian Games that will be held in June in Singapore and they will be playing in qualifying matches for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The team therefore wants to drum up support and start their year on the right foot with the coming Asian Rugby Championships.