Defending SEA Games Philippines is hoping to have another great outing in Singapore at the inaugural South East Asia 7s (SEA 7s) this weekend, despite retaining just three members from last year’s gold-medal winning side.
• Seven teams from Southeast Asia confirmed for the men’s event, while six nations will compete in the women’s event
“Our goal in Singapore is of course to win the tournament,” said Jake Letts, Head of the Philippines’ National Teams. “The Philippines will always be confident in the squad sent to compete. With the changes made to the Philippines Volcanoes, Malaysia could be seen as favorites. With rugby development in Singapore and its professionally financed union, Singapore will be hard to beat at home. Our chances however, are as good as any, especially with the unpredictability of 7s rugby.”
Since April 9, the Philippines sevens teams have been in high performance training camp in Southern Plains Field in Calamba, Lagune. This camp acts as a full time program leading up to the tournament in Singapore and features two sessions a day together with team meetings, recovery sessions and game plan management before both national teams depart on Thursday April 14.
Added Letts: “The men's team will be significantly different for this tournament with the aim of developing new national players into the program. This tournament acts as a stepping stone for the Philippines Rugby Football Union to breed new players and test their abilities on the Asian level. The team will be fairly young with some debutants having the opportunity to make their mark. For the Women's, most players from the 2015 SEA Games bronze medal winning team remain.”
According to last year’s SEA Games winning captain Letts, the Men's team will breed a few exciting young players with the likes of Andrew Pagalilauan Ramsden, Robert Benitez McCafferty and Tommy Kalaw Gilbert. These players are all young Filipino heritage players with exciting potential and will be looking to show their speed and skill at the SEA 7s.
In a first for a National Sports Association, Rugby Singapore was created in May 2015 to act as the special purpose vehicle to handle commercial and events of the Singapore Rugby Union (SRU). With a board of directors from Sport Singapore and SRU and a team of sports industry professionals, Rugby Singapore serves to protect stakeholders’ interests and to mitigate any risks in events promotion. Its main role is to manage the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens and ensuring its long-term commercial viability.
In April 2015, Singapore announced a four-year deal to host a stop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, joining Vancouver, Sydney, Cape Town and Paris as the new host cities on the 10-leg series. To be hosted at the iconic Sports Hub’s National Stadium on 16 and 17 April 2016, the two-day extravaganza will feature rugby powerhouses – from the flamboyant Fijians to the irrepressible Kiwis to the exhilarating South African Blitzboks. Besides thrilling on-field action and an electrifying atmosphere, expect plenty of entertainment and fringe activities that will deliver a unique experience to spectators from all walks of life.
The eight-month long 2015-2016 World Rugby Sevens Series - featuring 16 of the world’s top rugby nations - will conclude before the Rio Summer Olympics 2016 where Sevens rugby returns as an Olympic sport. Singapore is the eighth leg of the Series, joining other global cities like Sydney, Dubai, Cape Town, Wellington, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, London, Vancouver, Paris. The 2013-2014 HSBC Sevens World Series was a record-breaking success on and off the field with 569,262 fans attending the nine events around the world. Broadcast coverage of 4,590 hours were achieved across 145 countries and programming was aired in 12 languages across 34 channels, with an estimated 400 million homes and 900 million people reached.
Leg, City Dates Winner
Dubai, Dubai 4-5 Dec 2015 Fiji
South Africa, Cape Town 12-13 Dec 2015 South Africa
New Zealand, Wellington 30-31 Jan 2016 New Zealand
Australia, Sydney 6-7 Feb 2016 New Zealand
United States, Las Vegas 4-6 Mar 2016 Fiji
Canada, Vancouver 12-13 Mar 2016 New Zealand
Hong Kong, Hong Kong 8-10 Apr 2016 Fiji
Singapore, Singapore 16-17 Apr 2016
France, Paris 14-15 May 2016
England, London 20-22 May 2016
Facebook @Singapore Rugby 7s (https://facebook.com/sgrugby7s
Twitter @SgRugby7s (https://twitter.com/sgrugby7s) and
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Date: Saturday, 16th April 2016 | Sunday, 17th April 2016
Venue: National Stadium
Singapore Sports Hub | 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629
Hospitality: Hospitality Lounge (Level 4) – Total of 2 (500 Pax Each)
Fringe Activities: School Outreach Programme
TAG 7s: The programme teaches and encourages players to use basic rugby skills and to instil rugby values – teamwork, respect, discipline and sportsmanship. The programme aim to each 140 schools, more than 14,000 students over a period of 4 hours (age 8 to 18 years).
Adopt A Country: 16 schools will adopt a playing country and research on the country ahead of their arrival in Singapore. This will allow students to deepen their knowledge of visiting countries and embrace different cultures.
Schools Sevens: The final of this year’s Under-14 Schools Sevens will be played at the National Stadium. This is a historic first for Schools Sevens rugby.
Community Engagement Programme
Volunteer Programme: The programme aims to instil the spirit of volunteerism in the community and encourage players to give back to the sport. We are targeting 300 volunteers to assist in various areas of the event.
Heroes In The Making: A training clinic was held for 60 U16 players by former Blacks Sevens star Scott Waldron and two players were selected from the cohort to travel on an all-expenses paid trip to attend elite training programme in Wellington, New Zealand.
Charity Gala Dinner: A platform for business community to network, as well as an opportunity to raise funds for a charitable organisation.
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