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(RUGBYWORLDCUP.COM) Saturday 21 April 2012 Justin Coveney celebrates his match-winning try against Sri Lanka The Philippines continued their march up the Asian rugby ladder in Manila on Saturday, beating Sri Lanka 28-18 to propel themselves into the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Top 5 in 2013 alongside the likes of Japan and Hong Kong. They will become the eighth team to play in the Top 5 since the tournament began in 2008, a year which saw the Philippines playing at the bottom of the A5N pyramid. Ten wins in 11 matches later, the Philippines have reached the top echelon.
(RUGBYWORLDCUP.COM) Wednesday 18 April 2012 Rizah Mubarak was among Sri Lanka’s try scorers against Singapore Sri Lanka and the Philippines set up a showdown for promotion to the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Top 5 competition in 2013 after winning their second round matches at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on Wednesday. Division 1 top seeds Sri Lanka and the Philippines, the third seeds, will come face to face on Saturday with the winner to join the likes of Japan, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan in the elite tier next year. While unbeaten Sri Lanka and the Philippines are targeting promotion, for Singapore and Chinese Taipei the battle is to avoid relegation to Division II and the end of their involvement in the region’s qualifying process for Rugby World Cup 2015
(IRB.COM) Monday 16 April 2012 Namal Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka slips through the Chinese Taipei defence at the Rizal National Stadium in Manila Sri Lanka’s winning start under new coach Phil Greening brought its own reward in the IRB World Rankings while the Philippines were the big movers of the weekend. The Asian Five Nations Division One matches at the weekend brought a flurry of activity in placings, with the Philippines rising 10 places, but a narrow defeat in the European Nations Cup Division 2B cost Serbia dear. CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL IRB WORLD RANKINGS > > Sri Lanka’s 36-8 victory over Chinese Taipei in Manila took them three places up the table to 43 rd place, shunting Malta, Uganda and Ivory Coast down one spot.
(RUGBYWORLDCUP.COM) Sunday 15 April 2012 Young Filipino Rugby fans show their excitement at seeing the Webb Ellis Cup in Manila -Philippines beat Singapore 37-20 in HSBC Asian Five Nations Division 1 -Sri Lanka defeat Chinese Taipei 36-8 in the day’s other match -Webb Ellis Cup a big hit with local supporters The Philippines bandwagon rumbles on. And it’s still gaining momentum. Having been all over Asia winning the lower divisions of the HSBC Asian Five Nations, they finally came home to Manila and immediately gave their Rugby-hungry supporters something to cheer about
(Other) Friday 13 April 2012 Philippines captain Michael Letts finds a way through the Korean defence in their 2011 HSBC Asian 5 Nations Division I encounter in Ansan.