Posted January 29th, 2009




Press Release from Ms. Jacqueline Finlan:



Fellow Rugby Enthusiasts:



Below is a brief announcement regarding the fledgling Philippine Women’s National Team.  If you could diffuse the message as wide as possible – whether word of mouth, or on your Union, LAU, or school website, or by newsletter, and/or by e-mail chain – I’d greatly appreciate the effort.  It’s an opportunity for US Men and Women to earn an International Cap – quite possibly the most exciting Rugby achievement out there.


If you have any questions please let me know.  Thanks in advance for your help.


Rugby on.






The iRB has elevated the Philippine RFU to full member status, and the promotion requires the formation of a Women’s National Team.  The PRFU currently fields Men’s 15s, 7s, and U-20 Teams, but the Women’s squad currently plays touch Rugby only.  The Women’s Team must adhere to iRB standards of full-contact Rugby; therefore, the Union is launching a worldwide search for eligible Filipinas who can infuse as much talent/experience as quickly as possible.


What does this mean?  If you have a parent born in the Philippines, and can secure a Philippine passport, you’re eligible to try out for the National Team and potentially earn an International Cap.  Several men from the U.S. have already laid the groundwork for the process – NYC’s Clay Luraschi, FL’s Austin Dacanay, TX’s Phil Gittus, WA’s Jeff Betinol – and have earned caps with the Philippines while traveling throughout southeast Asia as Volcano members.


If you know of any Women Rugby Players, who meet these requirements, or would like more information, please contact Jackie Finlan at jfinlan@rugbymag.com, or call (856) 465-9385.  For qualified Men, contact Clay Luraschi at cluraschi@topps.com.


Please visit the Philippine RFU’s website, www.prfu.com, to learn more about the Union.


Jackie Finlan

Managing Editor

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