The Philippine Tamaraws Are Back In The Game

February 18th, 2021 · No Comments

After a year-long hiatus due to covid, the Philippine Tamaraws are back in action this Saturday, 20 February 2021.  It’s game on for the boys as they battle it out in the Rugby League International Sydney 9s Tournament at Cabramatta Leagues Club at Sussex Street, Cabramatta. Games start at 10am.  

Photo courtesy of PNRL

This year’s event is the first international rugby league event since COVID hit in 2020. There will be 16 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams participating on the day. All the teams are hungry for a win of any one of the three trophies on offer for the toughest and the best in the tournament.

Country’s participating include: Philippines, Africa, Malta, Greece, Italy, Vietnam, ASEAN, Lebanon, Cook Islands, Ireland, Niue, Cabramatta, Campbelltown City and Glebe.

The Philippine National Rugby League (PNRL) kicked off in November 2011 and all the boys playing are of Filipino descent.  They took the game to Thailand in 2012 and the Philippines in 2013 and won both Asia Cup tournaments.  This year, the  PNRL was recognized by the International Rugby League as an observer member. They are the first member from Asia to be accepted as the Pambansang Ragbi Liga Ng Pilipinas (Philippines NRL).  A female team, the Sampaguita team has been formed which is another first.

“The boys are ready and they’re proud to play for the Philippine,” said Rey Nery, PNRL Vice President.

Entry to the event is free for spectators.  A big attendance is expected since NSW COVID regulations have been eased further as from last Friday.  The Filipino games will be live streamed and will reach the Tamaraws’ supporters throughout Australia and around the world.

Let’s cheer them on and wave the flag for the Philippine team – the Philippine Tamaraws!  See you at the Games! 

18 February 2021

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