August 18, 2018

New Zealand Gives Financial Aid to PH Rugby Football Union

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  • New Zealand rugby team Mangatainoka Barbarians recently played against their Filipino counterparts. The exhibition match was also a ceremony where New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan passed over a check to strengthen their support for the sport’s growth in the country.

    Mangatainoka Barbarians/IMAGE grabbed from The Manila Standard

    The exhibition match, which ended in a close shave of 22-19 in favor of the Kiwis, was held last week at the International School Manila in Taguig. The match was a part of a week-long tour to promote rugby in the Philippines.

    After the match, New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan passed a cheque for Php 800,000 to the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) in support of the latter’s “Rugby for All” project, which aims to offer equal opportunities to youths and increase participation of the sport.

    IMAGE from the New Zealand Embassy

    The grant will help provide rugby training, clinics, and festivals in Negros Occidental to be implemented in 60 schools and provide equal opportunity for boys and girls to participate in organized sport.

    As evening came, the Mangatainoka Barbarians, including a former All Black, several Māori All Blacks and club rugby players, performed the ancient Māori war dance, haka. The dance is traditionally performed by New Zealand teams in tournaments around the world.

    “Whenever someone thinks of New Zealand, rugby and the All Blacks come to mind. We are delighted to share this passion with young Filipinos with the help of the Philippine Rugby Football Union. It is an honor for New Zealand to support the development of rugby in the Philippines,” said Ambassador Strachan in a report by Manila Standard.

    The team also flew to Puerto Princesa, Palawan to participate in the third Annual Palawan Rugby Festival.

    Sources: The Manila Standard, FoxNews

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