THE Philippine Volcanoes are not letting up in their bid to keep their lofty position in Asian rugby.
Philippine Rugby Football Union general manager Matt Cullen on Tuesday said the Volcanoes will be a very busy bunch in the coming months with a series of international stints.
Cullen graced the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate together with players Chris Everingham, Andrew Wolf, Harry Morris, and Gareth Holgate.
The Volcanoes, now ranked third in Asia in the seven-a-aide version of rugby, are bound for Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Thailand on Sept. 21-22, Mumbai on Oct. 12-13 and Singapore on Nov. 2-3.
They will be in the Malaysian capital for the tough Asian Men’s Sevens Series, a ranking tournament for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
“It’s a classification tournament for Asian Games and if we land in the top four then we will be in a better position in the Asian Games,” said Cullen in the session presented by PAGCOR and Shakey’s.
The Volcanoes are on a surge the last couple of years and have been toughened up by stints in tournaments nobody thought they would ever get in, like the recent World Cup Sevens in Russia.
“We are a better group now,” said Wolf, a member of the Philippine team (sevens) that won the silver in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand.
“I hope we can land in the top four in Asian Sevens,” he added.
The Philippine Volcanoes, sponsored by Fila, also draws support from the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission.
Currently on top of the Asian chart in rugby sevens is Japan followed by Hong Kong, the Philippines and China. These four teams are expected to keep their positions in the coming Asian Men’s series.
“That’s our goal,” said Cullen, who’s expecting to field the best team possible for the coming event in Kuala Lumpur, including the Volcanoes who are playing professional rugby overseas, mostly in Japan.
“We are continuing our programs and we will keep on training for the Asian Games,” added Cullen, hoping a medal from the Volcanoes in the Asiad.
“Things don’t happen overnight but it will happen and it’s happening now. Our goal is to win a medal in the Asian Games next year,” he said.