Zambales Rugby League International kicks off October 19-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
THE international sport of Rugby League will kick off at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) in the small fishing town of San Narciso, Zambales on October 19, starting at 9 am.
Coming to Zambales will be Filipino-Australian teams from Australia; the Cebu City Chiefs, captained by PNRL Board member Rene Payne, made up of players with mostly Visayan heritage; and the Clark Crusaders, captained by Kapampangan ‘Johno’ Reyes made up of players with Luzon heritage.
These two Filipino-Australian teams will face local Rugby players from the Philippines’ first all-Filipino Rugby Union team formed in 2002, the Merchant Marine Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) from Mariveles, who now play both codes of Rugby. They will bring two teams to the Zambales 9s, the cadets’ nickname for the MAAP Warriors, and their graduate brothers called the MAAP Kings.
The tournament will also see the return of the inaugural 2012 Clark International 9s participants, the students of Don Bosco Technical Institue from Makati and the cadets and employees of maritime company Anscorswire Ship Management, as well as with new participants coming from Cardiff Crewing Filipinas Inc., who will all compete in the non-contact touch football component of the tournament.
Also making their very proud debut in their own Academy will be the cadets of PMMA who were introduced to Rugby League last June by Tom Simpson and David Perry, who are itching to finally get to play their first games of what is known as the "The Greatest Game of All."
Also on show is the future of the sport of Rugby League in the Philippines, the children of fishing families of La Paz beach, the San Narciso Juniors Rugby League team playing exhibition touch football matches all day.
Admission is free.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 17, 2013.