MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Rugby has identified new players for its national team program following a successful talent identification at Brothers Rugby-Brisbane in Australia.
New talents that may one day be suitable for the Philippines are brothers George and James Nield, Takian-Lani Buchanan and Alana Grace.
Volcanoes Expo Mejia alumni Michael Estrada Duhig and Rob Benitez McCafferty led the tryouts that provided opportunities for new and returning players who could feature for the Philippines in the upcoming 2022 season.
Brothers Rugby star Phoenix Hunt, who is also of Filipino descent, took part in the trials.
“We had a great participation in Brisbane, we knew we could find talent there and luckily we were able. Some future volcanoes can now be incorporated into the program over the next several years thanks to our support staff and help from Brothers Rugby – Brisbane, ”said Jake Letts, CEO of Philippine Rugby.
“Having the caliber of player Phoenix Hunt and his assist was spectacular for the event, he is the type of player we would look to in the future.”
Active volcanoes Tommy Kalaw Gilbert, Jason Cale Schirmer and Steve Bernstrom have also returned to the national schedule after some inactivity due to the postponement of the international schedule.
Philippine Rugby, who has partnered with Hong Kong Rugby, will then fly to Hong Kong on Sunday for the second round of global recruiting.
National team players Rob Luceno Fogerty and Kate Palis will lead the Talent Identification and Recruitment Day in Hong Kong, which is expected to attract 60 registered participants from the Men, Women, Juniors and Youth divisions.
“This is another positive feature of our program, there is a global pool of national and federation players across the globe and we have the ability to call on their support to identify new talent, especially when we cannot. still not play in our country. Letts said.
Hong Kong sessions will start at 4:30 p.m. at Happy Valley 6.
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