The Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) team the PAL Tamaraws go into the 2nd Rugby League Asian Cup at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy in San Narciso, Zambales, Philippines on October 21, with a very different side to the one that won the inaugural Asian Cup in Thailand in 2012.
The PAL Tamaraws are well served with their Elite Australian, National Rugby League (NRL) players Kevin Gordon of the Gold Coast Titans making a return to the national side and Japan Fukuoka Sanix Blues bound previous South Sydney Rabbitohs, Andrew Everingham making his debut.
Surprisingly coming out of retirement is Paul Sheedy, previously of the Melbourne Storms!
International experience is not short in the side with the return of 2012 Captain Luke Srama, Gregg Cross Medal winner Will Dreves. As well as Ashley Black, Fred Colina, Chris Everingham, Richard Goodwin, Dennis Gordon, Glenn Power and Ned Stephenson.
1.Ashley Black (Balmain RUFC)
2.Fred Colina (Belrose)
3.Will Dreves (Mounties)
4.Andrew Everingham (Fukuoka Sanix Blues RUFC) – Japan
5.Chris Everingham (Alabang Eagles RUFC) – Philippines
6.Richard Goodwin (Narrabeen Sharks)
7.Dennis Gordon (Tweed Coast Raiders)
8.Kevin Gordon (Gold Coast Titans)
9.Mica Hines (Booval Swifts)
10.Daniel Kucia (Dunstonians RUFC) – England
11.Sean Lynch (Townsville)
12.Arwin Marcus (Tweed Coast Raiders)
13.Glenn Power (St Clair Comets)
14.Marc Russell (Wentworthville Magpies)
15.Paul Sheedy (N/A)
16.Luke Srama ©(Southport)
17.Ned Stephenson (Dunstonians RUFC) – England
18.Kyle Weh (Oakdale Workers)
The Asian Cup will be preceded by the 2nd International 9s tournament in the Philippines on October 19, which this year brings both a touch football competition and a full contact component. Debuting the San Narciso Juniors Rugby League team and the Merchant Marine Cadets of PMMA our tournament host, who will be joined by Cardiff Crewing Filipinas Inc and the return of the 2012 participants the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), Anscorswire Ship Management and Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati.
As well as the debut of the full contact International 9s tournament with both the MAAP Warriors RUFC cadets and their graduate brothers the MAAP Kings taking on Filipino-Australian teams Clark Crusaders and Cebu City Chiefs formed by Australian based PNRL board members.