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LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

(UPDATED) Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

LIST: Philippine leagues suspended amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Local sports leagues and events are put on hold due to the virus pandemic

HIATUS. Sports action takes a break as major local leagues prioritize the safety of athletes and staff members.

PH Volcanoes crash back into SEA Games 2019 podium

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:16 AM

The Philippine men's rugby team reclaims the title while the women's team settles for silver

1&2. The Philippine Volcanoes bag podium finishes in front of their country men in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo from Philippine Rugby Facebook page

South Africa dominates England to cop 2019 Rugby World Cup

Nov 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

In a stunning display of power and precision, South Africa captures its third rugby world crown after 12 years

CHAMPS. Team captain Siya Kolisi (center) and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa lift the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Up to 35 dead as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:50 AM

(6th UPDATE) Typhoon Hagibis weakens and backs off land, but leaves a trail of destruction in its wake

A damaged vehicle sits in a ditch next to a badly damaged house after strong winds brought by Typhoon Hagibis hit the area in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than a million people. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Asia's first Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Rugby takes its global showcase in Asia for the first time as Tokyo declares the World Cup games open

GLEAMING. Former New Zealand international Richie McCaw holds the Rugby World Cup trophy during the tournament's opening ceremony at the Tokyo Stadium. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

PH women's rugby tops 2019 7s Trophy Series

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The Philippine Lady Volcanoes get promoted to the top-tier Asia Rugby Women's Series

CHAMPIONS. The Philippine Lady Volcanoes go undefeated in the 2019 Asia Rugby Women's 7s Trophy Series. Photo from Philippine Rugby

PH women's rugby shoots for gold in 2019 Trophy Series

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:33 PM

'This year, we are looking to replicate that performance and go one step further,' says women's coach Chris Everingham

FOR THE GOLD. (from left to right) Happy Denuyo, Maia Sobejana, PRFU general manager Jake Letts, coach Chris Everingham, Lily Smythe and Rassiel Sales of Philippine Volcanoes grace the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum. Photo from release

Philippine men's rugby team climbs to record world ranking

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The Philippine Volcanoes jump 11 places to the country's highest world ranking ever

TITLE DEFENSE. The Philippine Volcanoes clinch back-to-back crowns in the 2019 Asia Rugby Championship. Photo from release

PH Volcanoes nail historic quarters berth in world qualifiers

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The Philippine men's rugby team faces Hong Kong in the world series qualifiers last 8

HISTORIC. The Philippine Volcanoes aim to advance to the semifinals over Asian favorite Hong Kong. Photo from Philippine Rugby Facebook

Philippine rugby shoots for SEA Games double gold

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Ranked among the top squads in Southeast Asia, the national men and women's rugby teams hope to live up to their billing

GOLDEN YEAR. Homegrown talent Jonel Madrona is one of the favorites to make it to the 2019 SEA Games team. File photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

PH Lady Volcanoes snare silver in 2018 Asia Trophy Series

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Undefeated throughout the tournament, the Filipinas stumble in the finals to give up the gold medal to Malaysia

TRIUMPHANT. The Philippine Lady Volcanoes showcase their wares in the 10-country tournament with a silver-medal finish. Photo from the Philippine Rugby Football Union


Lady Volcanoes all set for Asia Trophy Series

Oct 19, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The Philippine women's rugby team also sees the tournament as buildup for their SEA Games campaign

READY. Dixie Yu of the Cebu Lady Dragons looks to play a key role in the Lady Volcanoes’ campaign. Photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

PH Volcanoes barge into prestigious Hong Kong Sevens

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The Nationals nab bronze in the 2018 Asia Sevens Series to secure the final ticket to the Hong Kong Sevens

IN GOOD COMPANY. The Philippine Volcanoes join Japan and Hong Kong in the most prestigious tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series. Photo from the Philippine Rugby Football Union


Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour hits Manila

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Filipino sports fans get a chance to see rugby’s most coveted trophy

TROPHY TOUR. Junior players from development clubs and foundations of the Philippine Rugby Football Union pose with the Webb Ellis Cup.

PH Volcanoes clinch Div 1 Asia Rugby Championship over Singapore

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:20 PM

The Philippine Volcanoes bring the crown back to the country for the first time since 2012

SWEEP. Philippines sweeps Singapore in two matches to clinch the Asia Rugby Div 1 title again. Photo by Tonichi Regalado/Rappler

PH Lady Volcanoes to see action in Asia Women's Rugby Championship

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The Lady Volcanoes will face India and home team Singapore on June 5 and 8, respectively

SPEARHEAD. Team captain Auimi Ono will lead the Philippine Lady Volcanoes in the 2018 Asia Rugby Women's Championship. Photo from  Philippine Rugby Football Union


Angeles City impresses national selectors in PNG rugby 7s tournament

May 22, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Makati City prevails in the women's division of the tournament

STAR TALENT. Philippine Volcano and Angeles City Captain Jonel Madrona was awarded Most Valuable Player for the Men's division. Photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

PH Rugby open international season with win over Guam

May 15, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Residents XV remain undefeated at home since the program started in 2016

MAN OF THE MATCH. Clark Jet Kingsley  Ballesteros finished with the Best on ground performance for Team Philippines. Photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

High on rugby: Letts dreams of homegrown national team

May 11, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Philippine Rugby Football Union’s newly appointed general manager Jake Letts hopes to develop the sport's grassroots program

HOMEGROWN. Lito Ramirez is one of the Filipino talents discovered by the Philippine Rugby union. Photo from Instagram (@philippinerugby)

Aussie rugby player Hayne accused of 2015 sex assault – reports

Dec 20, 2017 - 1:42 PM

Jarryd Hayne, 29 is charged with sexual battery, gender violence, infliction of emotional distress and negligence

ACCUSED. Hayne was reported to be guilty of sexual assault. Photo from Facebook

Philippine Volcanoes settle for 4th place finishes in 2017 SEA Games Rugby 7s

Aug 20, 2017 - 5:48 PM

Philippine national rugby teams fail to reach the podium after medaling in 2015

SURRENDER. The Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams get knocked off the podium at the 2017 SEA Games. Screenshot from livestream

Mixed results for the Volcanoes in SEAG Rugby 7's opening matches

Aug 19, 2017 - 6:51 PM

Philippine National Rugby teams aim for podium finishes once again in the 2017 SEA Games

PH men's rugby team aims for back-to-back gold in SEA Games

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

A new look squad will try to repeat a gold medal finish in a version of the game which favors speed over brute force

HOMEGROWN TALENT. Jonel Madrona, one of the homegrown players on the Volcanoes, learned to play rugby in a school for orphans in Pampanga. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PH Volcanoes rugby teams earn bronzes in Singapore meet

Apr 17, 2017 - 5:13 PM

Both the men s and women s teams finish with bronze at the Singapore Sevens tournament held this past weekend

BRONZE. Joshua Aragon, playing for the national team for the first time, makes a play on the field. Contributed photo

No Holy Week break for PH Volcanoes

Apr 13, 2017 - 6:42 PM

The men s and women s national rugby teams will compete at the SEA Rugby 7s tournament in Singapore as they ramp up their SEA Games preparations

RAMPING UP. The Philippine Volcanoes will test out their lineup in preparation for the SEA Games gold medal defense. Contributed photo

Rugby unites PH Volcanoes and NZ Navy in exhibition game

Apr 05, 2017 - 9:53 PM

At an international friendly players engage in sports diplomacy to introduce the good rugby to a new audience

EXHIBITION GAME. The PH Volcanoes and the NZ Navy Team play an exhibition game of rugby. Photo from NZ Embassy Manila

PH Volcanoes capture Asian Rugby Sevens trophy in Qatar

Mar 05, 2017 - 3:13 PM

The Volcanoes topple the Thais 41 7 in the final after a strong start that put them up 29 0 at halftime

CHAMPS. The Philippine Volcanoes pose with their trophy at the Asian Rugby Sevens tournament in Qatar. Photo from press release

Australian rugby league player dies after tackle

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Grant Cook 28 was playing for the Murwillumbah Mustangs in a regional New South Wales game against Casino on Sunday when he sustained the injury

Australian rugby player Grant Cook (R) dies after getting tackled in a match. Photo from his wife Colleen's Facebook acount

Grassroots development powers Philippine rugby

Aug 26, 2016 - 1:52 PM

Philippine rugby has typically relied on foreign born players but an influx of local players bodes well for the sport s future in the country

Emotional Fiji hammer Britain for historic rugby gold

Aug 12, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau leads the defending Sevens World Series champions as they win the first Olympic rugby competition in 92 years

HISTORIC. Team Fiji gather after beating Great Britain and winning the gold medal during the men's Rugby Sevens Gold Medal Match between Fiji and Great Britain at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

PH Volcanoes earn silver in Asia Rugby 7s Championships

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The Volcanoes perform strongly throughout the tournament series recording 9 wins over two legs

SILVER MEDALISTS. The Philippine Volcanoes win the silver at the 2016 Asian Men's 7s championships. Photo from press release

Growing the sport of Rugby in southern Philippines

Jan 08, 2016 - 11:50 AM

The author talks about his mission to help make rugby an even more prominent sport in the country

RugbyU: All Black magic at Halloween World Cup final

Nov 01, 2015 - 9:09 AM

New Zealand defeats Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final becoming the first side to win the World Cup 3 times

CHAMPIONS. New Zealand's flanker and captain Richie McCaw (C) holds the Webb Ellis Cup as he celebrates with teammates after winning the final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 31, 2015. Adrian Dennis/AFP

Australian senator threatens to grab PM's testicles

Jul 07, 2015 - 4:14 PM

An independent Australian senator Tuesday July 7 threatens to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott if he does not limit coal seam gas exploration

Senator Glenn Lazarus of the Palmer United Party (PUP) listens during a press conference, in Sydney on October 10, 2013. William West/File/AFP

Women's rugby in Cebu spurs national boom for Lady Volcanoes

Jun 24, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Members of the Cebu Lady Dragons bolstered the Philippine Lady Volcanoes rugby team that took home bronze in its first appearance at the SEA Games

From left: Cebu Lady Dragons Madille Salinas, Mae Ann Ubaub and Dixie Star Yu show off the bronze medals they won at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore. They'll next be in action beginning July 4 at the Philippine National Games, followed by the Cebu Ladies International Invitational Rugby 10s - the only all female rugby tournament in Asia. Photo by Mars Alison

Poe on 2016, SEA Games, NBA finals 2015 | 12PM wRap

Jun 08, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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IN PHOTOS: All Philippine gold medal wins at 2015 SEA Games

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:10 PM

View photos of all 29 of the Philippines gold medal wins at the 28th Southeast Asian Games

Gilas Cadets celebrate their 17th SEA Games basketball gold medal. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Philippine Volcanoes top Malaysia to win 4th SEA Games gold

Jun 07, 2015 - 5:35 PM

The Volcanoes ruled the men’s rugby 7s competition by defeating Malaysia in the finals 24 7 while the PH women s team brought home bronze

ERUPTION. The Philippine Volcanoes won their first SEA Games Rugby 7s gold since 2005. File photo by Reuters

PH Volcanoes sweep Rugby 7s round robin, will play Malaysia for gold

Jun 07, 2015 - 2:20 PM

The Philippine men’s rugby team completed their sweep of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games Rugby 7s round robin with victories over Laos and Malaysia on Sunday

LAVA. Philippine Volcanoes player Andrew Alamil Everingham in action during the Philippines' victory over defending champion Thailand on Saturday. File photo by Reuters

Volcanoes dominate first 3 matches in SEA Games rugby 7s

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:21 PM

The Philippine Volcanoes underlined their serious championship aspirations by sweeping their first 3 matches on Saturday

LAVA. Philippine Volcanoes player Andrew Alamil Everingham in action during the Philippines' victory over defending champion Thailand. Photo by Reuters

Former All Black Jerry Collins dies in French car crash

Jun 05, 2015 - 2:19 PM

Collins was near the town of Beziers when his car came to an unexplained stop on the A9 highway before being hit by the bus

New Zealand's Jerry Collins holds the Bledisloe Cup aloft after the All Blacks defeated Australia in Brisbane, Australia, 29 July 2006. File Photo by DAVE HUNT/EPA

Why Philippine Rugby matters

May 11, 2015 - 5:07 PM

The Philippine rugby team has climbed from the bottom of Asia to be ranked 51st in the world helping grow the sport in the country

Jeff Gregson of the Philippine Volcanoes makes a run for it against Sri Lanka during the Asian Rugby Championship. Photo by Josh Albelda

Gays 'not accepted' on sports field: survey

May 10, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Even in the most promising countries such as Canada discrimination and homophobia are still widely experienced by both LGB and straight participants the survey says

EQUAL TREATMENT. A helper leaves the pitch carrying the corner flags after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and FSV Mainz 05 at the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany, 4 April 2015. Photo by Joerg Sarbach/EPA

Volcanoes aim for glory in Asian Rugby Championship Div 1

May 05, 2015 - 1:40 PM

The Philippines will play host to the Division 1 of the Asian Rugby Championship in the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue Bulacan

Holgate (with ball) training with the Volcanoes in 2013. Jake Letts is behind him. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PH women's touch rugby team to compete at Touch World Cup 2015

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:01 PM

The unranked Philippine Pythons will compete against the world s best in touch rugby

WATCH: Rugby player suspended for punching opponent

Oct 14, 2014 - 1:59 AM

The victim says people do some things they regret but the RFL may suspend Ben Flower for 8 matches after charging him with a Grade F offense

RUGBY RUMBLE. The Wigan Warriors clash with St Helens rivals during the Super League Grand Final. Screen shot from YouTube

PH Volcanoes fall to South Korea, settle for 4th place at A5N

May 25, 2014 - 7:53 PM

The Asian 5 Nations battle for third place ended with the Philippines falling to South Korea 22 52

A Korean player makes a run for it as Philippine players give chase

Volcanoes Rugby World Cup dream over but everything to play for at A5N

May 15, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Filled with pride the Philippine Volcanoes rugby team will be playing hard against Sri Lanka to avoid finishing in last place at the Asian 5 Nations

The Philippine Volcanoes in action against Japan. Photo courtesy of ARFU Asian 5 Nations Facebook

Five reasons PH Volcanoes will medal at ASIAD

Apr 16, 2014 - 6:12 AM

The Philippine Volcanoes are on course for the 2014 Asian Games Why will they medal this year? Expo Meija gives five reasons

READY TO ERUPT. Volcanoes player Matt Saunders in action against Kenya at the 2013 World Cup 7s. Photo courtesy IRB website