Thirty-six teams around the world will be seeing action in the upcoming Manila 10s International Rugby Festival slated on March 19 to 20 at the Nomads Sports Club in Parañaque City.
“If you like basketball, you will love rugby. This weekend, we will host the one of the best social rugby tournament anywhere in the world,” said Rick Santos, president of Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) on Tuesday at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum in Malate, Manila.
The 28th edition of the tournament is presented and hosted annually by the Manila Nomads Sports Club in partnership with the PRFU and Australian—New Zealand Chamber of Commerce – Philippines.
Manila 10s will feature four divisions namely Cup, Plate, Bowl, and Shield, as well as a separate veteran’s division for teams with players over 35.
Participating foreign teams will be coming from Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and United States while local teams are from Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.
Lito Ramirez, the first homegrown player to become member of the Philippine National Rugby Team—the Philippine Volcanoes will plunge into action playing for the Makati Mavericks.
“The type of world-class rugby players that have come-out of the PRFU training program, even at the grassroots level, is a testimony to the success of the Union and the growing popularity of the sport nationwide,” Santos added.
National players including Alexander Aronson and Kenneth Stern will also join the two-day meet dubbed by ESPN as the “best social rugby tournament in the world.” Both players are half-blooded Filipinos.
The tournament will be played under the Laws of the Game if Rugby Football as set down by the World Rugby Board, the international governing body for the sport.
Admission in the tournament is free.