Fil-Aussies pack down for a place in Philippine team
Rugby league players with Filipino heritage in Australia went into regular training in April with hopes of representing the Philippines at an international match against Thailand in October this year.
Philippine National Rugby League assistant coach Mark de Ubago put 15 players to work at the Cabramatta Leagues Club sportsground.
The first training session started on the same day that the first game of Rugby League 9s was being played at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) at Kamaya Point, Mariveles, Bataan.
MAAP graduates known as Alumni Warriors and cadets known as the Philippine Warriors hit it off in the local rugby competition.
Earlier here in Australia, PNRL head coach Clayton Watane and de Ubago watched current PNRL internationals Rez Phillips and Steven Bernstrom play for their respective clubs in the Queensland Cup competition in Brisbane and were pleased with their performances.
Andrew Everingham scored eight tries in just five games in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition for South Sydney, holding the record for most tries scored by a debutant in his first couple of games.
Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon playing well for the Gold Coast,
Gordon scoring two tries to-date.
The PNRL was formed in November 2011. In a short period, the fledgling Philippines National Rugby League team has already won a Bowl Trophy at the Cabramatta International 9s.