The Philippine Rugby Union Team, widely known as the Philippine Volcanoes left last Thursday for Mumbai India to participate at the third round of the 2013 Asian 7s Series, as part of their preparation for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
Twelve countries in Asia, including Philippines, are participating at the Asian 7s Series which will determine their final Asian ranking for year 2013.
These countries are also eyeing a slot at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, wherein medal winners in the 2014 Asian Games in Korea will be automatically be included in the Rugby main draw at the 2016 Olympics.
Philippine Volcanoes is targeting to medal in 2014 Asian Games, and automatically qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Fresh from their win against Thailand few weeks ago in Bangkok, the Philippine Volcanoes now ranked 5th in the Asian Series.
In the 2011 and 2012, the Philippine Volcanoes ranked 3rd in Asian.
The team’s participation in India this week, will provide another opportunity for the team to improve their ranking, then off to the Singapore leg, with final leg being the 2014 IRB Hong Kong 7s, the final determinant of the Asian ranking.
Fil-foreign players Andrew Wolff and Mark Chatting will reinforce the team in Mumbai, since team captain Jake Letts is on the sideline after having a hamstring injury.
Coach Matt Cullen said that the team went through a rigorous training in Laguna before flying to Mumbai.
“Both Andrew Wolff and Mark Chatting have been part of the Volcanoes 7s program since their silver medal victory at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games and they enjoy the challenges of playing at the Asian Championships and will come in fresh and ready to fire,” said Cullen.