PNRL Press Release, Date: 24/7/12
More good news was received by the Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) in July, with Andrew Everingham of the South Sydney Rabbitohs confirming that he is available to represent the Philippines in its first Rugby League international against Thailand in October.
This was a great result for PNRL Head coach Clayton Watene and Assistant Coach Mark De Ubago, as well as PNRL Manager Tom Simpson, who all contacted Andrew and convinced him to represent the Philippines in its inaugural international Rugby League test match.
This means that all the current Filipino-Heritage National Rugby League (NRL) players will be representing the Philippines. With Andrew Everingham joining Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon of the Gold Coast Titans in the Philippines Rugby League side.
The PNRL would like to thank the management of the Gold Coast Titans and South Sydney Rabbitohs for releasing their NRL stars.
Andrew will be joined by his brother Chris Everingham in the national side who is currently in the Philippines playing for the Alabang Eagles Rugby club. Both brothers will replace Shane Gray and Warren Hall who have pulled out from the initial squad due to family commitments.
With the Everingham brothers joining the team, there will now be six sets of brothers playing in the Philippines Rugby League side; with Steven and Sam Bernstrom, William and Jason Dreves, Kevin and Dennis Gordon, Jake and Edward Smith and finally Matt and Luke Srama.
All selected to represent the Philippines are eager to play against Thailand this coming October and going to the Philippines to develop Rugby League. This was evident in the early hours of Sunday morning on the 22nd of July with Filipino Rugby League players not playing for their clubs traveling from as far away as the Northern Beaches, Penrith and Kellyville to train with PNRL Assistant Coach Mark De Ubago at the Cabramatta Rugby Leagues Club.