The Philippine Rugby Football Union has announced their 17-man training roster for the upcoming U20 Asia Rugby Sevens Championships.
The Philippines will compete against the heavyweights of Asian Rugby including Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and Sri Lanka, just to name a few.
The U20 Sevens Program is aimed at developing the next batch of future Volcanoes to represent the Philippines on the international level. It is an opportunity for the youth to showcase their skill on the international scene.
“For the U20s, Dave Johnston and I are looking at the PRFU’s future. We want to see who can step up and match it with Asia’s best. Last year we sent a team of 18-year-olds to compete at an U20 level. This year we are looking forward to seeing them one year older, one year wiser,” said Jake Letts, National Teams Head for the Philippine Volcanoes.
The Philippines selected the best of both local and international Philippine heritage players. The key members making their return include Rhys Jacob Mackley, Andrew Rodolfo Baldado and Joshua Golimlim Aragon. The U18s Captain from 2016 Ryan Ralston Santos also looks to make his first appearance in the national U20s program.
The tournament will be played at Kings Park, Hong Kong on August 5 and 6.
Seventeen players have been selected to attend the official training camp on Saturday July 29 at the Southern Plains High Performance Facility in Calamba, Laguna.
They are Andrew Rodolfo Baldado, Donald Gregory Fontillas Anderson, Ethan Cuison Chen, Francis Paul Castro, Gabriel Lingan, James Halasan Ryan, Jan Philip De Gracia Ninalga, Jay Vincent Del Rosario Enriquez, Jeff Patrick De Gracia Ninalga, Josh Heredia Miller, Joshua Golimlim Aragon, Lyndon Cabano - Ang Adlao, Mark Joseph Llanera, Mike Joshua Llanera, Rhys Jacob Mackley, Ryan Retes Padilla and Ryan Ralston Santos.
Coach is David Johnston, Assistant Coach Jake Robrigado Letts, Physiotherapist Steph Yee and Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Everingham.
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