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Philippine Volcanoes settle for 4th place finishes in 2017 SEA Games Rugby 7s

Aug 20, 2017 - 5:48 PM

Philippine national rugby teams fail to reach the podium after medaling in 2015

SURRENDER. The Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams get knocked off the podium at the 2017 SEA Games. Screenshot from livestream

Mixed results for the Volcanoes in SEAG Rugby 7's opening matches

Aug 19, 2017 - 6:51 PM

Philippine National Rugby teams aim for podium finishes once again in the 2017 SEA Games

PH men's rugby team aims for back-to-back gold in SEA Games

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

A new look squad will try to repeat a gold medal finish in a version of the game which favors speed over brute force

HOMEGROWN TALENT. Jonel Madrona, one of the homegrown players on the Volcanoes, learned to play rugby in a school for orphans in Pampanga. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PH Volcanoes rugby teams earn bronzes in Singapore meet

Apr 17, 2017 - 5:13 PM

Both the men s and women s teams finish with bronze at the Singapore Sevens tournament held this past weekend

BRONZE. Joshua Aragon, playing for the national team for the first time, makes a play on the field. Contributed photo

No Holy Week break for PH Volcanoes

Apr 13, 2017 - 6:42 PM

The men s and women s national rugby teams will compete at the SEA Rugby 7s tournament in Singapore as they ramp up their SEA Games preparations

RAMPING UP. The Philippine Volcanoes will test out their lineup in preparation for the SEA Games gold medal defense. Contributed photo

Rugby unites PH Volcanoes and NZ Navy in exhibition game

Apr 05, 2017 - 9:53 PM

At an international friendly players engage in sports diplomacy to introduce the good rugby to a new audience

EXHIBITION GAME. The PH Volcanoes and the NZ Navy Team play an exhibition game of rugby. Photo from NZ Embassy Manila

PH Volcanoes capture Asian Rugby Sevens trophy in Qatar

Mar 05, 2017 - 3:13 PM

The Volcanoes topple the Thais 41 7 in the final after a strong start that put them up 29 0 at halftime

CHAMPS. The Philippine Volcanoes pose with their trophy at the Asian Rugby Sevens tournament in Qatar. Photo from press release

Australian rugby league player dies after tackle

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Grant Cook 28 was playing for the Murwillumbah Mustangs in a regional New South Wales game against Casino on Sunday when he sustained the injury

Australian rugby player Grant Cook (R) dies after getting tackled in a match. Photo from his wife Colleen's Facebook acount

Grassroots development powers Philippine rugby

Aug 26, 2016 - 1:52 PM

Philippine rugby has typically relied on foreign born players but an influx of local players bodes well for the sport s future in the country

Emotional Fiji hammer Britain for historic rugby gold

Aug 12, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau leads the defending Sevens World Series champions as they win the first Olympic rugby competition in 92 years

HISTORIC. Team Fiji gather after beating Great Britain and winning the gold medal during the men's Rugby Sevens Gold Medal Match between Fiji and Great Britain at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

PH Volcanoes earn silver in Asia Rugby 7s Championships

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The Volcanoes perform strongly throughout the tournament series recording 9 wins over two legs

SILVER MEDALISTS. The Philippine Volcanoes win the silver at the 2016 Asian Men's 7s championships. Photo from press release

Growing the sport of Rugby in southern Philippines

Jan 08, 2016 - 11:50 AM

The author talks about his mission to help make rugby an even more prominent sport in the country

RugbyU: All Black magic at Halloween World Cup final

Nov 01, 2015 - 9:09 AM

New Zealand defeats Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final becoming the first side to win the World Cup 3 times

CHAMPIONS. New Zealand's flanker and captain Richie McCaw (C) holds the Webb Ellis Cup as he celebrates with teammates after winning the final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 31, 2015. Adrian Dennis/AFP

Australian senator threatens to grab PM's testicles

Jul 07, 2015 - 4:14 PM

An independent Australian senator Tuesday July 7 threatens to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott if he does not limit coal seam gas exploration

Senator Glenn Lazarus of the Palmer United Party (PUP) listens during a press conference, in Sydney on October 10, 2013. William West/File/AFP

Women's rugby in Cebu spurs national boom for Lady Volcanoes

Jun 24, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Members of the Cebu Lady Dragons bolstered the Philippine Lady Volcanoes rugby team that took home bronze in its first appearance at the SEA Games

From left: Cebu Lady Dragons Madille Salinas, Mae Ann Ubaub and Dixie Star Yu show off the bronze medals they won at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore. They'll next be in action beginning July 4 at the Philippine National Games, followed by the Cebu Ladies International Invitational Rugby 10s - the only all female rugby tournament in Asia. Photo by Mars Alison

Poe on 2016, SEA Games, NBA finals 2015 | 12PM wRap

Jun 08, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

IN PHOTOS: All Philippine gold medal wins at 2015 SEA Games

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:10 PM

View photos of all 29 of the Philippines gold medal wins at the 28th Southeast Asian Games

Gilas Cadets celebrate their 17th SEA Games basketball gold medal. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Philippine Volcanoes top Malaysia to win 4th SEA Games gold

Jun 07, 2015 - 5:35 PM

The Volcanoes ruled the men’s rugby 7s competition by defeating Malaysia in the finals 24 7 while the PH women s team brought home bronze

ERUPTION. The Philippine Volcanoes won their first SEA Games Rugby 7s gold since 2005. File photo by Reuters

PH Volcanoes sweep Rugby 7s round robin, will play Malaysia for gold

Jun 07, 2015 - 2:20 PM

The Philippine men’s rugby team completed their sweep of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games Rugby 7s round robin with victories over Laos and Malaysia on Sunday

LAVA. Philippine Volcanoes player Andrew Alamil Everingham in action during the Philippines' victory over defending champion Thailand on Saturday. File photo by Reuters

Volcanoes dominate first 3 matches in SEA Games rugby 7s

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:21 PM

The Philippine Volcanoes underlined their serious championship aspirations by sweeping their first 3 matches on Saturday

LAVA. Philippine Volcanoes player Andrew Alamil Everingham in action during the Philippines' victory over defending champion Thailand. Photo by Reuters

Former All Black Jerry Collins dies in French car crash

Jun 05, 2015 - 2:19 PM

Collins was near the town of Beziers when his car came to an unexplained stop on the A9 highway before being hit by the bus

New Zealand's Jerry Collins holds the Bledisloe Cup aloft after the All Blacks defeated Australia in Brisbane, Australia, 29 July 2006. File Photo by DAVE HUNT/EPA

Why Philippine Rugby matters

May 11, 2015 - 5:07 PM

The Philippine rugby team has climbed from the bottom of Asia to be ranked 51st in the world helping grow the sport in the country

Jeff Gregson of the Philippine Volcanoes makes a run for it against Sri Lanka during the Asian Rugby Championship. Photo by Josh Albelda

Gays 'not accepted' on sports field: survey

May 10, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Even in the most promising countries such as Canada discrimination and homophobia are still widely experienced by both LGB and straight participants the survey says

EQUAL TREATMENT. A helper leaves the pitch carrying the corner flags after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and FSV Mainz 05 at the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany, 4 April 2015. Photo by Joerg Sarbach/EPA

Volcanoes aim for glory in Asian Rugby Championship Div 1

May 05, 2015 - 1:40 PM

The Philippines will play host to the Division 1 of the Asian Rugby Championship in the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue Bulacan

Holgate (with ball) training with the Volcanoes in 2013. Jake Letts is behind him. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PH women's touch rugby team to compete at Touch World Cup 2015

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:01 PM

The unranked Philippine Pythons will compete against the world s best in touch rugby

WATCH: Rugby player suspended for punching opponent

Oct 14, 2014 - 1:59 AM

The victim says people do some things they regret but the RFL may suspend Ben Flower for 8 matches after charging him with a Grade F offense

RUGBY RUMBLE. The Wigan Warriors clash with St Helens rivals during the Super League Grand Final. Screen shot from YouTube

PH Volcanoes fall to South Korea, settle for 4th place at A5N

May 25, 2014 - 7:53 PM

The Asian 5 Nations battle for third place ended with the Philippines falling to South Korea 22 52

A Korean player makes a run for it as Philippine players give chase

Volcanoes Rugby World Cup dream over but everything to play for at A5N

May 15, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Filled with pride the Philippine Volcanoes rugby team will be playing hard against Sri Lanka to avoid finishing in last place at the Asian 5 Nations

The Philippine Volcanoes in action against Japan. Photo courtesy of ARFU Asian 5 Nations Facebook

Five reasons PH Volcanoes will medal at ASIAD

Apr 16, 2014 - 6:12 AM

The Philippine Volcanoes are on course for the 2014 Asian Games Why will they medal this year? Expo Meija gives five reasons

READY TO ERUPT. Volcanoes player Matt Saunders in action against Kenya at the 2013 World Cup 7s. Photo courtesy IRB website

What PH Volcanoes must do to keep rugby dream alive

Apr 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Japan Rugby team s victory is good news for the Philippine Volcanoes

HISTORY. Japan creates history by becoming the first Asian team to qualify for the HSBC Sevens World Series. Photo courtesy of the IRB website

Volcanoes rugby team optimistic it can make 2020 Olympics

Mar 19, 2014 - 5:11 PM

The Volcanoes ranked fourth in Asia are optimistic they can make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as they prepare for a tough schedule of international events

The Volcanoes have high hopes for upcoming tournaments. Photo by Philippine Rugby Football Union

PH Volcanoes achieve major feats in 2013

Dec 27, 2013 - 7:45 AM

2013 proved to be a big year for the Philippine Volcanoes national Rugby team

WORLD CUP SEVENS. The Philippine Volcanoes, the country's national Rugby team, had a big year in 2013 including qualifying for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow. Photo by Philippine Rugby Football Union

Philippine Volcanoes all set for Singapore Sevens

Nov 07, 2013 - 11:11 PM

The Philippine Volcanoes are ready to banner Filipino pride at Singapore Sevens

PINOY PRIDE. The Philippine Volcanoes are hoping to repeat their 2012 feat and finish in the top 3 of the Singapore Sevens. Photo: HSBC Asian Sevens Series

Your guide to the Volcanoes' Rugby World Cup 7s campaign

Jun 18, 2013 - 3:22 PM

Here s what to look forward to in the PH Volcanoes campaign in the 2013 Rugby World Cup 7s

NO STOPPING US. The Volcanoes look to make an impact in their one and only World Cup appearance. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Volcanoes vs UAE

May 20, 2013 - 9:18 AM

Relive the Philippine Volcanoes victory over UAE in these photos

Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda

Analysis: Volcanoes erupt to keep World Cup dream alive

May 20, 2013 - 9:09 AM

Former Volcanoes coach Expo Mejia talks about the rugby team s win over UAE in the HSBC A5N Cup

Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

Philippine Volcanoes: Explosion or extinction?

May 17, 2013 - 11:03 AM

With their last A5N match the Philippine Volcanoes face the question: explosion or extinction?

DO OR DIE. The Volcanoes are in a precarious situation. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

Analysis: Volcanoes crumble after strong start

May 07, 2013 - 10:39 AM

Former Volcanoes coach Expo Mejia talks about the Philippines sorry loss to Hong Kong in the A5N

Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Volcanoes vs Hong Kong

May 05, 2013 - 1:00 AM

Snapshots from the Philippine Volcanoes match against Hong Kong

Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda

Philippine Volcanoes: A call to arms

May 03, 2013 - 11:02 AM

After a stinging loss the PH Volcanoes need all the support in their home debut in the elite division against Hong Kong

Preview: Volcanoes battle Japan Cherry Blossoms

Apr 19, 2013 - 10:45 AM

The Philippine Volcanoes face top ranked Japan in the A5N tomorrow Expo Mejia gives us a lowdown of the battle

Volcanoes test top-ranked Japan

Apr 17, 2013 - 10:17 AM

The Philippine Volcanoes face their biggest challenge yet a date with top ranked Japan in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations

'It's more fun in the Philippines' rugby team

Apr 12, 2013 - 7:38 PM

Want to know who the happiest national rugby team in the world is? It s none other than the Philippine Volcanoes

The dummy's guide to Rugby

Apr 05, 2013 - 8:38 AM

Former Volcanoes coach Expo Mejia shares his dummy s guide to Rugby and the PH team s quest to join the elite of the IRB 7s circuit

Gay rugby team makes history in Germany

Mar 22, 2013 - 7:20 PM

The Berlin Bruisers were crushed in their first game but Germany s first and only gay rugby team trudged off the pitch buoyant and proud

Suspecting concussion? Stop, leave and don't return

Mar 19, 2013 - 9:54 AM

New US guidelines advise any athlete suspected of getting a concussion during sports should stop play leave the game and not return until cleared by a licensed health care professional

PH Volcanoes: Grit, determination, resilience

Mar 13, 2013 - 8:52 AM

Expo Mejia returns to tell about stories of Philippine Volcanoes who are the epitome of grit determination and resilience

Opinion: It's time for Filipinos to embrace rugby

Mar 05, 2013 - 9:36 AM

The former coach of the Philippine rugby team encourages Filipinos to try not just the sport but engaging in physical activities in general to improve their fitness

As hard as it might look like, learning rugby is not impossible, says former coach Expo Mejia. Photo by Mark Cristino/PRFU

New coach to lead Volcanoes in 2013 campaign

Mar 04, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Jarred Hodges leads the Philippine Volcanoes as they aim to bring the national rugby team higher in the world rankings

The Volcanoes prepare for a tough 2013 campaign with a new coach. Photo by Mark Cristino/PRFU

Intl Rugby Board: PH Volcanoes 'remarkable', 'biggest climber'

Jan 14, 2013 - 3:54 PM

In an article on its official website the International Rugby Board reviewed the highs and lows of the sport in 2012 where in they celebrated the achievements of the Philippine men s national team