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Rugby: Singtel to broadcast World Cup, an early-bird sign-up fee of $68.90 valid till Aug 31

SINGAPORE – Rugby fans in Singapore will watch the Rugby World Cup, held in Japan from Sept 20 to Nov 2, on Singtel Cast mobile video app and Singtel TV.

Fans may sign up for the beIN Sports Rugby channel at an early bird price of $68.90 from Thursday (Aug 8) to Aug 31 and $78.90 thereafter at with a valid credit or debit card.

Singtel Consumer Singapore chief executive officer Yuen Kuan Moon said: “This is for everyone who loves the game of rugby. With Japan only an hour ahead of Singapore, the tournament is the perfect time zone for fans to enjoy the matches without losing any sleep.

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Here they are! Let’s go, Volcanoes! Gameday! 3:30 pm vs. India at Southern Plains! #LadyVolcanoes

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Malaysia comes up tops at women’s Asia Rugby Sevens.

We’re going up: Malaysian women’s rugby players and officials posing with the trophy and medals after winning the Asia Rugby Sevens tournament in Brunei yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia created history by winning the women’s Asia Rugby Sevens tournament in Brunei Darussalam.

Malaysia will be promoted to feature in the top tier of the Asian Rugby Sevens next year. The Malaysian team, powered by six Malaysia Games (Sukma) players, beat the Philippines 10-7 in the final at the Penaga Club yesterday.

Malaysia made two tries in the final through Nur Zieeyah Jerry and Nurul Azreen Azli.

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Rugby Philippines and League Volcanoes barge into prestigious Hong Kong Sevens

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The Nationals nab bronze in the 2018 Asia Sevens Series to secure the final ticket to the Hong Kong Sevens.

MANILA, Philippines – The Rugby Philippines Volcanoes secured a berth in the 2019 Hong Kong Sevens following a bronze-medal finish in the 2018 Asia Sevens Series in Sri Lanka this weekend.

The Nationals fell short of clinching a final seat following a 12-19 loss to Hong Kong in the semifinals. Still, they didn’t return home empty-handed with a spot in the tournament considered the most prestigious in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

 Relegated to the battle-for-third clash, the Rugby Philippines Volcanoes pulled off a 19-7 victory over hometown heroes Sri Lanka to punch the last ticket to the Hong Kong Sevens and a chance to qualify for the World Series.

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Rugby Philippines and League Rugby Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Philippines team win the Asian Championship Division 1

28 June 2018 in Featured, News by Asia Rugby

The Philippine Volcanoes National Men’s 15s Team completed a two-match sweep against Singapore in the  Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 held at Southern Plains, Laguna.

With a score of 32-24 last Saturday and 38-12 on Tuesday, June 26th, the Volcanoes managed to bag two wins from two appearances to secure the Asia Rugby Division 1 Title.

After early points to Singapore, Philippine Volcanoes Team Captain Steve Pagtalunan Howorth was the first to draw blood for the Philippines with a barnstorming try. Robert Luceno Fogerty added the extra points and poured another two penalties into bringing the lead to 13-5.

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Rugby Philippines and League Rugby Philippines Volcanoes win the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1

The Rugby Philippines Volcanoes National Men’s 15s Team completed a two-match sweep against Singapore in the  Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 held at Southern Plains, Laguna.

With a score of 32-24 last Saturday and 38-12 on Tuesday, June 26th, the Volcanoes managed to bag two wins from two appearances to secure the Asia Rugby Division 1 Title.

After early points to Singapore, Rugby Philippines Volcanoes Team Captain Steve Pagtalunan Howorth was the first to draw blood for the Philippines with a barnstorming try. Robert Luceno Fogerty added the extra points and poured another two penalties into bringing the lead to 13-5.

Fogerty, the youngest member of the Volcanoes, continues to rise to the international standard of rugby. Fogerty added crucial points to the Rugby Philippines Volcanoes tally with a near-perfect kicking performance, converting four penalties and three conversions for 18 points. It was, however, the defense and physicality of the team that most impressed the outside back.

The Rugby Philippines defending their own try-line for a period of 20 minutes straight.

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“We talked a lot about puso (heart). I think you saw in the last 20 minutes of the game that we just never gave up and kept applying pressure,” shared Fogerty.

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Veteran, nickname the Flying Jeepney Justin Villazor Coveney, also contributed 10 points to the scoreline crossing for a double set up by the Philippine backline. Joe Palabay Dawson also scored another to add to his two from Saturday.

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“Our goal is to keep building on this win. Come next year, reclaim the Division 1 trophy in a four-team round-robin tournament,” Steve Pagtalunan Howorth, Team Captain and man of the match the Philippines.

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Rugby World Cup African Qualifiers: Namibia Defeated Tunisia 118-00 today in Windhoek during the Rugby Africa Gold Cup
This was the second win for Namibia following their 55-6 victory over Uganda a week ago.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 23, 2018/ — On Saturday 23 June, the Namibia senior rugby team the Welwitschias played against Tunisia during the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which is also a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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This was the second win for the Welwitschias following their 55-6 victory over the Cranes of Uganda at the same venue a week ago. The match was one-sided, with the visitor failing to threaten the well-organized Namibian team.

Namibia meant business from the start scoring their first try in the second minute through Lesly Klim, converted by fly-half Cliven Loubser. Captain Johan Deysel added another converted try to make in 12-0 within 10 minutes.

Klim then added another, and Loubser made no mistake with the boot to put the host 21-0 up with only 14 minutes on the clock.

Tunisia was offered a chance to put some points on the board through a penalty in the 19th minute, but Khalifa Nesemeddine missed.

Chrysander Botha then joined the try-scoring fun, but Loubser missed. The floodgates continued with man f the match Maharua Katjiteo, Wian Condradie, Johann Greyling, and a penalty try left Namibia leading 52-0 at halftime.

In the second half, Namibia continued from where they left, scoring 10 more tries through Greyling, who scored three, Botha, who added a double, Klim, who contributed two, substitute’s Peter-Jan Van Lill, Damien Stevens, and Johan Tromp each contributing a try apiece.

The home side missed only two conversions out of the 18 tries they scored against an out of sorts Tunisian team who offered no threat going forward and little to no resistance in defense.

The Welwitschias, who have won the Rugby Africa Gold Cup four times in a row, will be looking to qualify for the 2019 World Cup finals slated for Japan.

Speaking to the media after the match, Namibia’s Coach Phil Davies said he was pleased with his side’s ambitions.

“They played well in the second half with the flowing passing game. I am still in the process of building a competitive team as most of these layers are still very young,” he explained. Captain Deysel said they had missed a few passes in the first half, and they rectified that in the second half.

Losing captain Ahmed Nasri was gracious in defeat, saying even though they knew Namibia

was strong opposition, they did not expect the margin of the scoreline to be this wide.

“We did not have the best match; injuries and difficult travels to Windhoek marred our preparations. Our first team players are also absent as they have contracts with overseas teams,” he said.

Abdelaziz Bougja, chairman of World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa (, said:

“Congratulations on the Namibian team for their second convincing home win. I also wish to commend the Tunisian team for their valiant effort and wish both teams the best for their remaining matches.”

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group (, the main Official Partner of Rugby Africa, said:

“It seems that Namibia is very much in the driving seat to qualify to their sixth consecutive Rugby World Cup. The match between Namibia and Morocco on June 30 will be exciting!”.

Namibia top the log standings with 10 points.

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The Latest: VP Pence leaves NFL game after anthem protests

Oct 9, 2017

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The Latest on Week 5 of the NFL (all times Eastern):1:30 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence has left the 49ers-Colts game after about a dozen San Francisco players took a knee.

The former Indiana governor flew in so he could watch Peyton Manning’s jersey retirement ceremony on Sunday. Manning will become the first Indianapolis-era player in Colts history to have his number retired and be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

But Pence didn’t stick around long.

Pence said on Twitter: “I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

The White House also stated Pence, in which he says Americans should rally around the flag. Pence said: “I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem.”

Pence is a noted sports fan, and it’s the second major event he’s attended in his home state since taking office in January. He also attended May’s Indianapolis 500, a family tradition.

But Pence couldn’t come to Manning’s statue unveiling Saturday afternoon, which several luminaries attended, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Instead, Pence spent most of Saturday honoring the Las Vegas shooting victims before returning to his home state.



1:15 p.m.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has told CBS that he would stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play football in the NFL again.

According to a report by Jason La Canfora on Sunday, Kaepernick has been living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey with the hope of signing with a team this season.

Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem last season to bring more attention to black men’s killings by police officers. The protests spread this season after the former San Francisco 49er could not sign on with another team.

The issue has grown this season as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett recently said Las Vegas police racially profiled him during a confrontation. President Donald Trump aggressively chastised players and owners for protesting during the anthem.


1:10 p.m.

Myles Garrett wasted no time making an impact, recording a sack on his first play as a pro for the Browns.

Garrett missed Cleveland’s first four games with a high ankle sprain, the top overall pick in this year’s draft. After sitting out Sunday’s first two plays, Garrett came in on third down and sacked New York quarterback Josh McCown for an eight-yard loss.

The Browns are hoping the 21-year-old year Garrett can not only help them get their first win but turn around a franchise that has had just one playoff appearance since 1999.


1:10 p.m.

A fan banner in the upper deck at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati says: “Just Play Football.”

A pro-Trump banner was briefly displayed criticizing players and owners, signed with #MakeAmericaGreatAgain before the Bengals hosted the Buffalo Bills.

During the anthem, a fan held a cardboard sign that said, “Cincy Stands For The Anthem.” It’s the first game at Paul Brown Stadium since President Donald Trump tweeted that players should be fired if they protest during the anthem, prompting a push back from players and some team owners. Bills and Bengals players all stood.

In Indianapolis, about a dozen San Francisco 49ers players took a knee while the rest stood with their hand over their heart. Two players appeared to take a knee when the line “land of the free” played.

In Detroit, umpire Barry Anderson stood on the sideline and locked arms with Lions players before a game against the Carolina Panthers.

As the Giants hosted the Los Angeles Chargers, most of the Giants linked arms, and everyone for Los Angeles stood.


12 p.m.

Top overall pick Myles Garrett is active and starting for the winless Browns.

Cleveland (0-4) hosts the New York Jets (2-2) without running Matt Forte.

Garrett missed Cleveland’s first four games with a sprained right ankle, but the rookie defensive end is in the lineup Sunday as the Browns, who are just 1-19 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson on the New York Jets.

The 21-year-old Garrett was very impressive during the exhibition season, and the Browns are hoping his return can give them a spark.

He was able to make it through a full week of practice without any trouble. He announced his return this week on Twitter and said he wants to declare his presence with a sack.



The Packers and Cowboys have been one of the NFL’s most entertaining, meaningful rivalries for decades. They face off Sunday in one of the highlights of Week 5 in the NFL.

Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson leads the league with five touchdown catches. He says the game has a lot of history and gives fans reason for good conversation.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten says the game is important because the Packers have played well in critical games in recent years.

The Seahawks and Rams also play in a key game in the NFC West. The Rams offense has been strong behind running back Todd Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff.

Kansas City is the only unbeaten team left in football. The Chiefs face the Texans in Houston on Sunday night.

Carolina and Detroit both go into their game at 3-1, and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been a focal point for much of the week because of a snide remark to a female reporter.


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Rugby Philippines and League Rugby Philippines 7s No Medals SEA Games

Aug 20, 2017

The Rugby Philippines in Rugby 7s yielded no medal in Mens and Womens.

The Rugby Philippines won the Gold in Mens and Bronze in Women’s 2 years ago in Singapore.

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Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand took the top 3 spots in the Mens. With the defending champions Philippines plummeting down to fourth. The Philippines won 2 of its games against Indonesia (47-7) and Cambodia (47-7) but lost to Malaysia (24-14), Singapore (21-7), Thailand (31-14), which placed them 4th putting them in the Bronze medal match. They lost to Thailand again 26-7.

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In the Womens, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia finished in the top 3, the Rugby Philippines landing fourth. Winning just one game against Laos (31-0), but losing to Thailand (32-0), Singapore (25-0), and drawing with Malaysia 5-5. In the bronze medalist match, they lost to Malaysia 7-5.

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SEA Games 2015

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It was a busy day in the fast-paced 7 aside Rugby tournament. The Rugby Philippines defeating

defending champion Thailand 24-10 and highly ranked home team Singapore in the Men’s

17-0. Before crushing Cambodia 55-0.

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Rugby Philippines 7s at Batang Pinoy Finals

Rugby is a growing sport in the Philippines. Rugby 7s was played at the Batang Pinoy this year. It is not yet spread out to Palaro, but it is growing in popularity around the Philippines. Coming from New Zealand, I have much respect for this game. Rugby took part in only the Cebu edition of Batang Pinoy in Finals as it has a solid following in Cebu with lots of former Fil-Australian athletes now running the game here.

Batang Pinoy is a multi-sports PSC-POC Program for kids 15 years old and under in the Philippines. Mr. Donut proudly sponsored the Cebu leg.

The enthusiastic Australian Matt Cullen heads the national program.

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Rugby Philippines Union on the rise in the Philippines

July 10, 2015

Article by Andrew Pirie ATFS Statistician

When I was working for the PSC, one of the sports handled by the Office of Commissioner Gomez was Rugby Philippines Union. He really has/had a treasure chest of sports.

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  1. Growing up in New Zealand

Rugby Union is the national sport of New Zealand, with the world-famous ‘All Blacks’ and Haka.  Growing up on the Kapiti Coast, Rugby was always secondary for me to athletics.

However, since it was a tradition and most of my friends played it, I would inevitably learn the game and become a fan of the sport. I started playing Rugby when I go to high school, mainly at lunchtime, with the bigger athletes to demonstrate my speed, but I soon learned how to tackle much larger opponents. I never played Rugby in high school as I devoted my time full time towards athletics as the faster sprinter in the school from 14 and one of the

countries best high school sprinters. I did play 11 aside Rugby when I was in college in Palmerston North and even served as Team Manager for two years at International Pacific


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  1. The Ruby Philippines has a Rugby Team.

Yes, the Philippines plays Rugby Union. And along with Basketball, Baseball, and Softball, it’s our best team sport right now. Although many countries play Rugby Union than the other sports, we did very well at the SEA Games level.

Our men’s Sevens (Union but a shorter game with 7 men instead of the standard 15) mainly comprising Filipino Australians won the SEA Games Gold Medal in 2015 in Singapore the women. Philippine took bronze in the women behind Thailand and Singapore. The Women’s team was mainly comprised of local players.

The Brilliant work of Matt Cullen, Director of PRFU, an Australian who has been in the Philippines for 15 years married to a Filipina, is working on a deal with San Miguel. I had many good conversations with Matt, and last time I spoke, he said Rugby Union now has 13 teams in the Philippines, although, by the looks at how hard he and others have been working, it might now be more.

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PRFU Director Matt Cullen holding a beer. Rugby Philippines.


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  1. Local Development of Rugby Philippines

More recently, the Clark’s Jets won the 2015 Edition of the PSC National Games, beating 2013 and 2014 winner powerhouse Alabang Eagles. It really was the case of David vs. Goliath. Alabang had a national player and players twice the size of the Jets. What made this historic was that this team comprises all homegrown Filipino athletes, many of whom come from an orphanage and public schools.

This is a result of a strong grassroots program coupled with dedicated private supporters. The Volcanoes in the SEA Games were mostly Fil-heritage players; in a few years, you will see some of the Jets and some players from other areas like Albay Vulcans Cagayan de Oro, Davao, etc., become part of the winning team. This is how a sport develops (From Jolly Gomez FB Page)

The Clark Jets 2015 PNG Champions.


  1. Why we should not fear Fil-Foreign Athletes

This is one reason we shouldn’t be too fearful about Fil-Foreign Athletes as they help promote the sport like any other pure-Filipino athlete and help level up the local athletes.

  1. By Inspiring, creating sports heroes were kids lack older role models.
  2. By participating in providing stronger competition for locals
  3. Transfer of Technology passing of skills and training knowledge

Below is a Grassroots video that shows a promising future for the next generation who happen to be local athletes.

Matt Cullen (left) with one of his star players Dennis Gordon (right)

The Philippines is a growing powerhouse in the Rugby union. They are coached by Australian Matt Cullen, living in the Philippines for quite a while and now call it home. We really excel at Basketball, Baseball, and Softball, but the Philippines could also be good at Rugby. Right now, the Philippines ranks 4th in Asia, behind Japan, Hong Kong, and Taipei.

The Philippine Rugby team is mainly composed of Filipino Australians. Still, other countries such as Japan and Hong Kong are recruiting athletes with no nationality blood at all into their lineups.

The Philippine Rugby team is based at Southern Plains on the South Super Highway takes the sta. Rosa’s exit turns right, and then the Silangan exit R1 Highway.

Right now, there are 13 Rugby clubs in the Philippines, with 3 more forming.

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2006 Vince Mellars

Article on Vince Mellars, Mellars was in my year at Kapiti College and quite a good friend. Interesting to see he went onto play Rugby League for various clubs in Australia.

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New Zealand team to U19 World Champs

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Former All Black winger was actually a 100 and 110 Hurdles Champion at the NZ Secondary Schools. He used to run at local meets in Auckland when I was beginning athletics, and I saw he recorded 10.94 for 100m and a 22 low for the 200.

Doug Howlett -NZSS 100m and 110H.

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