We're named after the 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment that fought under the command of the United States Army. The regiment was made up of Filipino-Americans and a few Filipino veterans who fought in World War II.
The PRFU thought situation was similar to first Philippine National Rugby Team which was made up mostly of foreign expatriates and just a few Filipinos. Of course, these days we're proud to be able to field teams composed of 100% Filipino heritage players, however the name Philippine Volcanoes has stuck.
Under the International Rugby Board (IRB) rules, there are three ways that one can qualify to play for a country's national team:
1. You were born in the country
2. You have at least 1 parent or grandparent that was born in the country
3. You have three years of uninterrupted residency in the country
When the team was just starting out, the PRFU relied on Rule #3 and placed foreign expatriates in the team because there were so few Filipinos playing the sport. Today, most if not all the teams are 100% Filipino heritage players.
There are no permanent members of the Philippine Volcanoes team. Members are chosen for each tournament depending on the team's requirements, the players skills and availability. A player that is suited for 15s rugby (meaning 15 players to a side) may not be the best choice for 7s rugby (7 players to a side) and vice versa.
The Philippine Volcanoes consist of several teams:
- Men's 15s (competes at the HSBC Asian 5 Nations tournaments)
- Men's 7s (competes in the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, SEA Games and Asian Games)
- Women's 15s
- Women's 7s
- Under 20 Men's 15s (competes in the Asian Junior Championships)
While in Manila, our super-talented photographer & friend :-) Hannah Reyes took some shots of us training. Here's a sneak peek (thank you Hannah!). We'll be posting more very soon. Cheers!