Saturday, February 2, 2008

Europe’s Premier International Rugby Tournament

I have always loved sports. I think if I was taught every sport in the world I would have readily taken the challenge of learning them. There are sport events that are not popular in the Philippines but are very famous in other countries. Some of those are soccer, American football, polo and rugby. I have never tried watching live rugby games.

RBS 6 Nations Website is the official website for Europe’s premier international rugby tournament – the six nations championship. It’s probably like the World Cup to soccer and the Super Bowl for American football. Their site provides many information about that major sporting event. Available in their site are a comprehensive list of tournament news, highlights, updates, fixtures and results. They also provide interactive games and podcasts section for six nations fans and curious observers. Although the six nations involved are England, France, Ireland, Italy Scotland and Wales, their site is available to anyone in any part of the world anytime.



cebu_rugby said...

Hi Jeff,

Thought you might be interested to know that rugby is really starting to take-off in the Philippines. We participated in the recently concluded SEA Games, and managed to secure the Silver medal. The Philippine Volcanoes are supported by the PRFU ( and have upcoming international matches against Guam and Brunei this June. The Philippines is an up and comer in the Asian rugby scene, and in another 4 years hope to be one of the top flight teams in the region. The strongest clubs at the moment are the Manila Nomads and the Alabang Eagles. The predominantly Filipino teams that are starting to make their mark include the Cebu Dragons (my club), and the MAAP (Marine Academy of Asia and the Pacific).

Local tournaments of note are the Alabang 10's (at Alabang Country Club on March 15), the Manila 10's (Merville Subd. Paranaque) on April 4 to 6, the Fat Boy 10's (Angeles City) usually in late August and the Cebu Sinulog 10's usually held in January.

Just regarding the 6 nations, it is probably the 2nd or 3rd rugby tournament. The Rugby World Cup Finals was played in France last year with South Africa raising the trophy. The Rugby World Cup is actually the 3rd most watched sporting event behind only the Summer Olympics and the Soccer World Cup Finals.

The other major annual event on the rugby calendar is the tri-nations, which involves the 3 southern hemisphere rugby powerhouses - Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Between them, these 3 nations have won 5 of the rugby world cup finals since it's beginning in 1987. The only exception being when England defeated Australia to win the 2003 final.

As you can see, i too am a sports lover, and rugby is my sport of choice. We are always happy to introduce kids, girls and men to the sport in both it's full-contact and touch format.

I hope this has helped shed some light on the current rugby situation in the Philippines, and if it has piqued your interest, feel free to contact me.


Noel Flowers
Cebu Rugby Club Captain