HERE’S good news to all rugby fans all over the country.
The Philippines will host world power Spain in a pair of friendship matches in the Field of Dreams in Baler, Aurora in June.
The event is part of the Philippine-Spain Friendship Day on June 30.
Fil-Australian rugby veteran Marc Leabres announced the good news during the 57th “Usapang Sports” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the National Press Club in Intramuros recently.
“This is a big step in the promotion of rugby in the country. I really think Filipinos can also excel in this sport,” said Leabres during the weekly public service program sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, National Club, PAGCOR, Community Basketball Association and HG Guyabano Tea Leaf Drinks.
Leabres said the España Toros, Spain’s men’s national rugby team, will arrive in the country this June for the inaugural Friendship Cup in Baler.
The event is scheduled on Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day on June 30 in Baler, the same venue which hosted the 2019 Asian Cup clash against Japan.
A week later, the Spanish Rugby League’s first professional club, the Valencia Hurricanes, will tour the Philippines and play local team North Luzon Headhunters on July 5.
The Valencia Hurricanes, which were formed only last year as Espana Rugby League’s first professional club, will make their third appearance against foreign teams
The Hurricanes will take part in the upcoming Espana Rugby League National domestic competition before taking on the Rochdale Hornets in June this year.
Leabres said Friendship Day pays homage to the exceptional loyalty and bravery shown by the Spanish troops in the church of Baler and celebrates the close ties between the two countries.
Leabres with other TOPS guests.