Philippines and Rugby League

By Greg Cross

The Philippines Rugby League was founded by John Smith at RLIF on facebook. He designed the logo and gave us the name Carabos. He asked for volunteers on facebook on a site now called Philippines National Rugby League.

I , an ex Sea Eagles player and schoolteacher volunteered as manager. Clayton Watene, Norths Devils coach was appointed head coach. Mark De Ubago was appointed assistant coach. He coaches at Camden Rams. Michael Holt from Newcastle Souths is Media Officer and Rick Elephant is co-manager. Rick Hartley is Development Officer in the Philippines.

action 1

Last November we only has 6 players and things were looking grim but we were determined to get a team for Cabramatta 9s. We had to order our jumpers by the end of that month. Amazingly we registered nine players in a week and we had the money to buy jumpers. Now we have over 30 players on our books ranging from 70kg to 120kg. All players are league players and some have played for Philippines Rugby Union. Five players are in the Queensland Cup and paid their own way down to Sydney and the others are from NSW.

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Luke Srama our hooker has a brother who plays for Titans in NRL . Kevin Gordon also playing for the Titans Is Filipino heritage. We have two Filipino heritage players in the Toyota Cup. All of our players have Filipino heritage. We met at Cabramatta the day before the 9s and trained there.

We are planning international games against Thailand and Japan. There is a Clark 9s tournament planned in Angeles City Philippines on October 27th.

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Our team proved very competitive at Cabramatta giving Fiji a tough game before losing 12/4. Against a powerful Niue team we drew 16/16. In the quarter final we defeated Portugal 20/0. In the exciting bowl final we won against Burwood 22/18.

the team

This Cabramatta tournament has kick started our bid for the 2017 World Cup. We have met with Tas bateri and intend to start a domestic competition in the Philippines this year. Rick Hartley who started Rugby Union in the Philippines will work for us now. The pleasing thing was all the support from the Filipino Community including the Consular general who was at the game. Reporters from Filipino media were there as well.

Carabos

You can contact the Philippines Rugby League thorugh http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineRugbyLeague?ref=ts

 

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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19 Responses to “Philippines and Rugby League”

  1. Chris Sanders says:

    One small step into Asia,one giant leap forward for Rugby League Kind!!

  2. dragons4eva says:

    “We are planning international games against Thailand and Japan. There is a Clark 9s tournament planned in Angeles City Philippines on October 27th.”

    “We have met with Tas bateri and intend to start a domestic competition in the Philippines this year. Rick Hartley who started Rugby Union in the Philippines will work for us now.”

    Those are probably the two most pleasing comments on the Filipino RL! Great to see they might be playing in tournaments and setting up competitions this year! Hopefully it actually gets underway!

  3. Chris Sanders says:

    Good on ya dragons4eva the angel of Rugby League!!

  4. Greg Cross says:

    Thanks for your support guys and to Daniel for your great web site.What a plus it is for developing countries!

  5. Chris Sanders says:

    No worries Greg and it looks like you know what you are doing too!

  6. Cheyne Maher says:

    Great read, good luck to Philippines RL for the future!

  7. Holty says:

    With the strive and commitment of our board and with the eligible superstars (Craig Wing) and the rest of the players with bundles of talent we see these opportunities and goals at the international stage and locally in the Philippines will be a success!

    • Greg Cross says:

      You are right Daniel about the domestic comp.We have Rick Hartley in the Philippines working on starting a domestic comp.He started Rugby Union in the Philippines and is starting with League teams from his Maritime College where he teaches.This year we are having a Clark 9s tournament at Angeles City in October to launch our code.We will use local players.

    • Mike Bedford says:

      it is a pity that so called persons completely ignored many Philippine persons here when they first started and then wiped them.

  8. Hi Greg,

    Just clarification on Rick Hartley. He did not start Rugby Union in the Philippines. He started the 1st All Filipino Rugby Union team in the Philippines with the Merchant Marine cadets at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), Mariveles, Bataan.

    To be technically correct it was board members of the Manila Nomads club that registered and started the Philippines Rugby Football Union (PRFU)9 when they registered with the IRB.

    In 2002 without any help from the PRFU Rick started training MAAP cadets Rugby Union in March 2003 they entered the Manila 10s for the first time with the team named as the Philippine Warriors.

    In 2004 Rick Hartley was nominated the PRFU’s first International Coach & in March 2005 he took the National team to their first International tournament in the Kowloon 10s in Hong Kong & came runners up in their first ever International.

    On Feb 18 2012 at a meeting with the current group of MAAP Philippine Warriors the cadets overwhelmingly voted that they would also play Rugby League. So these students will be playing both Rugby codes.

    BTW di you get the message our PNRL board meeting dates has been moved, check your Facebook.

    Cheers

    Erick

  9. herve kengne says:

    salut je suis a la recherche d un club de rugby ambitieux qui peut m offrir de nouveau chalenge

  10. Phillip says:

    Hi guys anychnce of sponsoship packages what is tje toyatA CUO

    • druzik says:

      Toyota cup is the NRL’s U20s competition. Same clubs as the NRL.

      At the moment I don;t have the money for sponsorship, I am happy to do stories on your team and get the world out.

  11. John Sione Va'a says:

    Hi there do you have a team in the Harmony Cup? is so can you email the details please, sionevaa_39@msn.com

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