Philippines national rugby league team

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Philippine Tamaraws
Nickname Tamaraws
Governing body Philippines National Rugby League
Region Asia-Pacific
Head coach New Zealand Clayton Watene
Captain Luke Srama
RLIF ranking N/Ath
First international
 Thailand 0-86 Philippines 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 21st October 2012)
Biggest win
 Thailand 0-86 Philippines 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 21st October 2012)
World Cup
Appearances 0

The Philippines National Rugby League team (nicknamed the Tamaraws) represent the Philippines in international rugby league football matches. They were established in 2011. In their short history the Tamaraws have been relatively successful, being repeated Asian Cup winners and regularly participating in the Cabramatta International 9s rugby league tournament.

History[edit]

The Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) was established in 2011 with a view of expanding rugby league further into Asia. The PNRL oversees the running of the national team, in 2011 it was announced that the Philippines would be playing their first game of rugby league at the 2012 at the Cabramatta International Nines, while also being involved in other organized international rugby league tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region.[1] The Philippines have twice been involved in the Cabramatta International 9s rugby league tournament, in 2012 they defeated Burwood-North Ryde 22-18 to take the Bowl Trophy.[2]

In 2013 they selected 3 teams to take part in the tournament.[3]

In 2014 the Philippines entered four teams: the first side, two development sides, and an under 20's side.[4]

Official Rankings as of May 2015[5]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase  New Zealand 949.00
2 Decrease  Australia 941.00
3 Steady  England 485.00
4  Samoa 320.00
5  France 215.00
6  Fiji 196.00
7  Ireland 154.00
8  Scotland 123.00
9  Wales 122.00
10  United States 118.00
11  Papua New Guinea 113.00
12  Italy 79.00
13 Increase  Canada 49.00
14 Decrease  Serbia 47.00
15 Increase  Tonga 47.00
16 Decrease  Russia 45.00
17 Steady  Cook Islands 31.00
18 Decrease  Belgium 30.00
19  Germany 24.00
20 Increase  Lebanon 24.00
21 Decrease  Norway 22.00
22  Ukraine 21.00
23 Increase  Malta 20.00
24 Decrease  Greece 19.00
25 Steady  Netherlands 15.00
26 Increase  Spain 14.00
27 Decrease  Denmark 13.00
28 Increase  South Africa 12.00
29 Decrease  Jamaica 11.00
30 Decrease  Czech Republic 9.00
31  Sweden 7.00
32 Steady  Hungary 2.00
33 NEW  Niue 2.00
34 Decrease  Latvia 2.00
35 NEW  Philippines 2.00
36 Decrease  Morocco 0.00


World Cup[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
EnglandFranceRepublic of IrelandWales 2013 Team did not exist when qualifying began
AustraliaNew Zealand 2017 To Be Determined
Total 0 Titles 0/13 0 0 0 0

Asian Cup[edit]

Asian Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
Thailand 2012 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
Philippines 2013 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
Total 2 Titles 1/1 1 1 0 0

Asian Cup[edit]

Captain of the winning Philippines team, Luke Srama holding the trophy at the inaugural Asian Cup in 2012.

The Philippines made their international rugby league debut in Bangkok on October 21, 2012 with a match against Thailand, who were also making their international debut. Aided by a host of Australian-based players, Philippines won the match 86-0 in the first Rugby League Asian Cup.[6]

Date Competition Opponent Score Venue
21 October 2013 Asian Cup Final Thailand Thailand 46-10 Philippines MAAP grounds, San Narciso, Zambales

Current Squad[edit]

2014 Squad
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 1 October 2014
Source(s): 2014 Squad

Notable Philippines players[edit]

International results[edit]

  • Hills District def. Philippines 32-4 (18 January 2014)
  • Philippines def. Latin Heat 114-0 (18 January 2014)
  • Philippines def. Thailand 46-10 (21 October 2013)
  • Philippines def. Thailand 86-0 (21 October 2012)

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