THE Philippine Volcanoes have been drawn to face Samoa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe in the group stage of the Rugby World Cup Sevens set on June 28-30 in Moscow.
The Volcanoes are the first Philippine team to qualify for a World Cup, but will have their work cut out for them under former US Eagles Sevens coach Al Caravelli if they hope to progress into the knockout quarterfinals.
Samoa is one of the favorites the southern hemisphere which is currently ranked third in the World Series rankings while Kenya and Zimbabwe are two of the top teams from Africa.
Kenya, under former England coach Mike Friday, is currently fifth in the World Series standings.
The draw, held at the Petroff Palace in the heart of Moscow on Thursday, has thrown up some intriguing match-ups, with defending champion Wales ending up in a 'Group of Death' with southern hemisphere powers Fiji and Tonga along with Uruguay in Pool E.
New Zealand will be joined by neighbors US and Canada along with Georgia in Pool D while host Russia will face a tough challenge in Pool B against South Africa, Scotland and Japan.
Pool F will have England, Argentina, Portugal and Hong Kong.
Under the Sevens format, the topnotchers in the six groups advance to the knockout quarterfinals where they will be joined by the two best runner-ups.