THE Philippine Women's national rugby team hopes to repeat its success in the India Sevens tournament when it returns to the sub-continent on November 9-10.
The Lady Volcanoes will be flying to Pune, India to compete in the HSBC Asian Women's 7s Series, where they have been bracketed with Japan, UAE, Singapore, Iran, and Hong Kong.
This is the second year for the Lady Volcanoes to compete in the India Sevens. Last year, they won the Bowl after besting countries that include Iran, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
“Our players have really been working hard and we also have a much stronger team. With the help from our international players, we also have a deeper bench this time. We're really looking to have better placement in this tournament,” says Ada Milby, Lady Volcanoes team captain.
The current team, composed of homegrown players from Manila and Cebu, as well as heritage players from Australia and the US, recently finished an intensive four-day training camp at the Southern Plains clubhouse in Silangan, Laguna.
This year's team is composed of veterans Milby, co-captain Cassie Umali, Acee San Juan, Nikki Lira, Kaye Honoras, Manila Santos, Luisa Jordan, Tonette Gambito, and Amelia Breyre, as well as this year's new recruits Loujen Saldo and Sylvia Tudoc from University of Makati, Michelle Marki from New Jersey, USA and Jewlz Holbeck from Australia.