The VISMIN Rugby Union certainly proved they are very focussed on developing the sport of Rugby Union in the Visayas and Mindanao with 23 coaches and 17 match officials attending the IRB courses at the Cebu International School over the weekend:
Sat July 21st: IRB Level 1 Coaching Course
Sun July 22nd: IRB Level 1 Match Officials Course
The PRFU currently employ two Development Officers who work in Cebu, Rose Lantisce and Aiumi Ono, who were able to encourage 40 players to attend the courses that were run by PRFU/IRB representative, Matt Cullen
All of the course participants currently play for either the Cebu Dragons or Pink Dragons and were all very keen to learn more about the game especially in regards to coaching and laws. To complete the IRB Level 1 courses, all the participants had to complete two online exams, attend the course and conduct a practical assessment. Course instructor, Matt Cullen was more than impressed with everything he witnessed throughout the weekend.
"The young players from VisMin Rugby have certainly come a long way in the last 12 months from the last time I was in Cebu." Said Cullen. "They displayed a good knowledge of the game and were very responsive to all the course content and subject matter. They were able to analyse the situations and show the confidence to actually coach and referee in real life situations. I did not see these qualities 12 months ago and the enthusiasm to learn is infectious. We will come away from this weekend with some new coaches for further development in the VISMIN Rugby Union and hopefully some of the participants will start officiating at local leagues in schools, universities and even PRFU competitions."
VisMin Rugby also held team trials at CIS on Sunday afternoon with 60 players in attendance. They were overseen by new Kiwi coach Deano Bakes and and club stalwart Phil Mounsey. The PRFU will fly the VisMin Men's and Women's 7s teams to Manila in August and October to play in the Globe 7s Leagues.
The weekend was a huge success and it once again proved the Rugby Union is alive and well in Cebu and surrounding provinces.
VisMin Rugby will also hold the annual Cebu 10s Rugby Tournament on Sat November 17. Teams who wish to enter the tournament can contact VisMin Rugby at firstname.lastname@example.org
The PRFU in cooperation with the Philippine National Red Cross have organized the following First Aid Courses at Philsports Stadium over the July 27 - 29 weekend:
July 27-28 (Friday to Saturday):
First Aid Training
Php 540.00 each participant
July 29 (Sunday):
Basic Life Support Training
Php 240.00 (Red Cross member rate)
Php 360.00 (non-Red Cross members)
Participants can attend the 2-day First Aid Certificate Course or the Basic Life Support Certificate Course, or both courses.
All the PRFU Development Officers will be completing the 3-day courses over July 27 - 29 and the PRFU are encouraging players, coaches and managers from all PRFU clubs to participate.
Rugby is a contact sport and every PRFU club should have at least one medically trained person to be on hand to attend to injuries that might occur at training or during games.
To register, please fill out the form below:
Congratulations to the following 22 players who have been selected for the Philippines National Development Team (NDT) for the upcoming tour to Sabah, Malaysia:
The full squad of 42 players have been training for a number of weeks in preparation for games against Sabah Rugby Union and the Hong Kong National Development Team. The squad is made up entirely of Filipino heritage players who play their rugby in the local leagues. A number of these players have come from the Rugby 101 program and they are a testament to the ever-growing PRFU development program.
The fixtures for the National Development Team are as follows:
The Alabang Eagles graciously hosted the mid-year IRB Level 1 Coaching Course on Saturday, July 14 at the Southern Plains Clubhouse in Silangan, Laguna. The thirteen participants that enrolled for the certificate course were from the following organizations:
The day began with an early start with the course split into two main sections -- theory of coaching in the morning and practical coaching sessions in the afternoon. The course also required the participants to complete two IRB online exams before attending the Saturday session. The participants were very motivated to learn the basic principles of coaching and it was great to see the more experienced coaches and players helping the younger beginners with the course material.
The IRB require all Rugby coaches to update their certification every three years and it is essential that the PRFU offer these courses to further improve the current development programs that exist here in the Philippines. The courses allow for all participants to learn, understand and coach the content that the IRB consider to be crucial when developing the sport of rugby union at all levels throughout the world.
The afternoon was designed to allow the coaches to apply what they had learnt during the morning sessions and the participants split into smaller groups of four with each group required to plan and deliver a coaching session. The PRFU and Alabang Eagles had arranged to have the National Development Team and the Alabang Eagles attend the afternoon session and the course participants were able to take groups of 20 players and run them through a coaching session. The course instructor Matt Cullen was very impressed with the organisation, skill and instruction that was shown by all the course participants in the practical sessions and praised the efforts of all the coaches, especially as they had to take a large number of players aged over 18.
The course concluded with the coaches analysing and providing feedback for the National Development Team trial game. Each coach was given an assignment and had to watch, record and review each teams strengths and weaknesses and report their findings back to the group. The whole course was very positive and all the participants passed the requirements to now receive their IRB Level 1 Coaching Certificate.
Great work and congratulations all the new PRFU and IRB Level 1 Coaches who attended the course:
The PRFU will also be running the following courses with the VISMIN Rugby in Cebu this weekend:
Sat July 21 - IRB L1 Coaching Course, Cebu International School
Sun July 22 - IRB L1 Match Officials Course, Cebu International School
After a couple days in camp at the World of Life in Laguna, this newly formed Philippine Volcanoes U20s team from around the globe were ready for a strong performance at the ARFU U20’s 7s Championships at Johor Bahru Malaysia.
There were 10 teams competing in this year’s tournament split into two pools competing for The Cup, Plate and Bowl. Unfortunately, the Philippines drew a very tough pool facing Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and China all on the first day. Our first game was against the defending champions Malaysia who came out firing and put on 3 quick tries before we even got our hands on the ball. The boy’s finally got some possession and got a try back just before half time, unfortunately our Captain and try scorer, Adam Clarke was hit in a tackle just before the break were he suffered a tournament ending knee injury. The boys put on a brave fight but ended going down 29-5.
The next game was against Singapore, this was a “must win” for the Philippines. We got off to a great start with a try to Richard Powell, Singapore hit back with two soft tries to lead at the break 14-5. We started the second half the same way as we had finished the first, allowing Singapore in for a try from a Philippines mistake. This ignited the Boys and we saw the momentum change with Tim Churchill and Ryan Clarke scoring tries in succession, the score was 21-17 with only a couple of minutes left, unfortunately luck was against us and time ran out. The full time score remained Singapore 21 – Philippines 17, but a great improvement from the Team on the first game.
With only a short turn around our next game was against the wildcards of the tournament China. Physically a very imposing team with height, size and speed we put up a strong fight but were just out classed going down 36-5, with our only try being scored by Ryan Clarke
The Philippines were the only team in the tournament required to play four games in the first day, with our final game against the well-drilled and experienced Japanese. Once again a brave effort from all the boys with a reduced squad of only 10 men, 5 of which (Rey, Richard, Ryan, Robert & Tim) playing every minute of the 4 games for the day (with the exception of the 6 min that Adam put in before being injured). Japan were just too strong and we were out on our feet going down 38-0
Sunday brought a new day, refreshed from an early night and a good feed we were playing for Filipino pride and the Bowl championship against Brunei. The Boy’s came out firing and Brunei were never in the game, tries to Tim Churchill, Rey Pearce, Daniel Melrose and Ryan Clarke saw the Philippines victorious 24-0 and Bowl Champions for 2012
Overall a good result and great experience for this young developing team with 4 players U18 and 1 x U16, providing us with great depth for the years to come. Malaysia were the eventually winners of the Cup in a close game against Hong Kong.
Philippine Volcanoes U20s 7s Men's Team
Report by: Paul Churchill, Team Manager
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