This year rugby players from Alabang Eagles, Manila Nomads, Clark Jets, CBRE Makati Mavericks and the Makati Chiefs all come together to form the 2016 Philippine Residents 15.
The Residents will play an international 15s match against Sabah Rugby this Sunday 18th September at 3 p.m. Southern Plains Field, Laguna.
The program provides a pathway for the best local rugby players to learn from an experienced coaching staff and play a high standard of rugby. The team will be coached by David Johnston, the assistant coach to the Men’s National 15s Team, more commonly known as the Philippine Volcanoes.
Experienced Philippine Volcano members Justin Villazor Coveney, Jake Robrigado Letts, Jovan Reyes Masalunga and seven other national team members have all been included in the team. Mixed in with the best local players including Greg Goleman, Jackson Vatu and Epineri Vulakouvaki will sure be a team full of confidence this weekend.
“On paper this team is suprisingly very strong, getting together the best players from all the top clubs in the country makes this program really exciting. I have no doubt this Sunday’s game will be extremely physical and a tough encounter against a strong Sabah team” said Matt Cullen, Director of Rugby for the Philippine Rugby Football Union.
The Residents 15 Team, sponsored by Transcom is a pathway into selection for the 2017 Philippine Volcanoes Men’s 15s National Team. The Men’s National 15s Team will compete in the Asia Rugby Championships in April next year against Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates for the Division 1 title.