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Milestones for Philippine National Rugby League this October

The month of October 2016 will be one of many first for the Philippines and Rugby League.
This month, the Philippine National Rugby League  will carve the future of a playing roster with Filipino-heritage players in New Zealand and local Filipinos and Papua New Guinea (PNG) nationals in the Philippines.
Meanwhile on October 8th in Sydney, Australia the PNRL will test its  playing roster by finally participating, after 2 years of invitations from the NSWRL in the Harmony Cup where PNRL  is entering both an U16 and U18 Filipino-Heritage teams.
The Harmony Cup provides opportunities for players and volunteers from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities to participate in teams that represent their community, culture or nation of Origin. So the tournament, is a celebration of cultural diversity which also operates as a development pathway, so is a platform for non-elite players to showcase their skills and build healthy relationships through Rugby League.
Hightlights for PNRL breakthroughs started in Aotearoa,  New Zealand where the Akarana Eagles a team comprising predominantly of Filipino-New Zealanders won a close Grand Final, 26-22 against the Counties Manukau Piranhas in the Ethnic Rugby League Grand Final.
On October 15 in Legazpi, the capital city of Albay Province in the Philippines, the Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) will commence their inaugural Rugby League competition.
Last Sunday a couple of hours before the NRL Grand Final the U16 and U18 Filipino-Heritage team got a visit from PNRL Co-founder Erick Elefante who was invited by Coaches Jason Carter and Glenn Power to give the young players a pep talk at their training session!
Erick asked the young players “What motivated you to put your hand up to play for this side?” Which seemed to be an all too heavy philosophical question for a couple of the young players asked. Until Harrison Ryterski in the U18 squad proudly stated: “I want to represent my Philippine heritage”!
Harmony Cup PNRL Under-16s – Manaia Cairns, Peter Carrol, Jonathan de Leon, Jerome Dizon, Joe Fallins, Patrick Hill, Kobe Jiminez, Vincent Joseph, Ashley Marshall, Mmiguel Oniel, Chad Overton, Jaylen Prats, Clayton Ramirez, Rafael Rasuellos, Joshua Scales, MichaelSateresa, Luis Sollan-Antonio, CJ Villamel, and Etahn Wikeepa.
Harmony Cup PNRL Under 18s – Lance Bautista, Karl Booc, Jeromy Cairns, James Cody, Emilio Gomez, Jonah Ramirez, Ryan Jones, Neil Necesario, Harrison Ryterski, Martin Wilkins, and Alan Williams