The national youth under-18 women’s team is on an international tour in India, with athletes selected to be part of their nationwide grassroots development program.
Their stint comes after they finished with a silver medal in Brunei the other week, winning five out of six games.
“The U18s players featured in India this weekend will have their eyes set on making the next step up to the women’s team after this tournament,” said Philippine Rugby Football Union general manager Jake Letts.
Letts said it is their goal to expose the girls to the international standards of play for their development and prepare them for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Known as the Lady Volcanoes, national U18 national girls’ rugby team is sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation and First Pacific,
The young Lady Volcanoes have drawn top seeds China, Laos and Qatar in Pool A.
Other nations competing in the event include Sri Lanka, UAE, Bangladesh, Thailand, Hong Kong, Nepal, Chinese Taipei and host India.
Members of the team include Inna Kwan, Diana Cosare, Aira Lumanta and the Hifume sisters Angelie & Angela, representing Davao and Mindanao.
They also have Maylene Dadivas of the Makati Chiefs, Ysabel Del Fierro of the Santos Knight Frank Mavericks and Yamani Dumlao of the Subic Sharks also being selected.
Four members of Eagles RFC will compete the line up, namely Satchi Gonzalez, Briela Baui, Atasha Muhlach and Nicole Kovanen all representing Luzon.