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Old Thu Apr 13, 2006, 07:37pm
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Philippine Rugby International Matches

Philippine Rugby dates for their 1st International Matches:

Guam v Philippines in Guam

Pakistan v Guam in Manilla

Philippines v Pakistan in Manilla

‘Philippines will play Guam in Guam on May 20, 2006.
Guam will play Pakistan on June 7. This is technically a home game for
Pakistan but because of a few political problems there this has been shifted
to Manila as a neutral ground.
Philippines will play Pakistan on June 10 in Manila.

Local tournaments:
Alabang Tens. March 4, 2006. One day tournament. All local teams plus one
overseas visiting team.
Manila Tens. The best social tens in Asia. March 25 and 26. 32 teams from
17 countries including the Manila Tens lunch on Friday March 24. Visiting
special guests include Nick Farr-Jones, John Bentley, Stu Wilson, Hosted by
Justin Sampson with possible attendance of Alan Wilkins.
Best Regards,

Jay Savage

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Four Cebuano rugby players make it to the national team

Four players from the newly-formed Cebu City Rugby Football Club (CCRFC) were selected to be part of the Philippine rugby team.

Jerry Branzuela, Jehtro Estimo, Noel Flowers and Paulin Padayhag were handpicked by the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) to be part of the national rugby team, which is scheduled to see action against the national teams of Guam and Pakistan.

The four Cebu players showed excellent form in the recently-concluded Manila 10s Rugby Tournament last March 25 -26 at the Nomads Sports Club, in Merville, Paranaque.

Despite being only a seven-month old team, the Cebu Dragons reached the semifinals of the Manila 10s. They were beaten by the veteran-laden Tequila Mockingbirds team of Hong Kong in the semifinals.

Manila 10s

The Manila 10s tournament had 32 teams from 17 different countries. Five of the teams are from the Philippines: Cebu Dragons, Alabang Eagles, Philippine Air Force, MAAP and Nomads.

Another Cebu Dragons player, forward Dennis Pantaleon was voted as the Most Promising Young Player of the tournament.

Of the four Cebuanos, Branzuela and Flowers have the most rugby experience as they both grew up playing rugby in South Africa and Australia, respectively. Padayhag is no rookie in the field of rugby either as he was part of the Philippine national rugby team which won the gold in the last Southeast Asian Games.

While Estimo had represented Cebu and the Philippines in various powerlifting events. Estimo co-holds the Philippine record for the dead lift.


The four Cebuanos will fly to Manila this month to begin training with the national squad to prepare for the series of test matches starting with Guam in May.

The CCRFC holds practice sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sandtrap, along Ma. Luisa Road in Banilad, Cebu City. For inquiries regarding the sport and club sponsorship details, please contact Jerry Branzuela at 422-9656 or 09266916490.
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