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SEA Games: New Zealand ambassador congratulates PH Volcanoes for reclaiming crown

By Erma Edera

New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan has congratulated the Philippine Volcanoes after they reclaimed the rugby crown in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Parade Grounds of Clark on Sunday.

(Philippine Rugby - Philippine Volcanoes National Team)

Philippine Volcanoes reclaimed the rugby crown after blasting defending champion Malaysia 19-0 on Sunday (Philippine Rugby – Philippine Volcanoes National Team)

“We are proud to have former All Blacks player Frano Botica as coach of the Philippine Volcanoes, alongside David Johnston, the Canadian co-coach,” Strachan said in a statement.

“We look forward to more victories from the Volcanoes in the international arena. The successes at the SEA games will hopefully be a catalyst for the further growth of rugby in this country,” he added.

The Volcanoes blasted defending champion Malaysia 19-0 to capture the gold medal in the men’s category.

This is the second time the Volcanoes defeated the Malaysians in the finals after a 24-7 triumph in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.

It was also redemption for the Volcanoes, who missed the podium after finishing fourth in the 2017 edition in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, the Lady Volcanoes settled for silver after losing to Thailand 17-7 in the women’s class of the rugby 7s competition.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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