Philippines national rugby league team

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Badge of Philippines team
Nickname Tamaraws
Governing body Philippines National Rugby League
Region Asia-Pacific
Head coach Arwin Marcus
Captain Luke Srama
RLIF ranking 35th
First international
 Thailand 0–86 Philippines Philippines
(Bangkok, Thailand; 21 October 2012)
Biggest win
 Thailand 0–86 Philippines Philippines
(Bangkok, Thailand; 21 October 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Niue 36–22 Philippines Philippines
(Sydney, Australia; 4 October 2012)
World Cup
Appearances 0

The Philippines national rugby league team (nicknamed the Tamaraws) represent the Philippines in international rugby league football matches. They were established in 2011. In their short history the Tamaraws have been relatively successful, being repeated Asian Cup winners and regularly participating in the Cabramatta International 9s rugby league tournament.


The Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) was established in 2011 with a view of expanding rugby league further into Asia. The PNRL oversees the running of the national team, in 2011 it was announced that the Philippines would be playing their first game of rugby league at the 2012 at the Cabramatta International Nines, while also being involved in other organized international rugby league tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region.[1] The Philippines have twice been involved in the Cabramatta International 9s rugby league tournament, in 2012 they defeated Burwood-North Ryde 22-18 to take the Bowl Trophy.[2] In 2012 the Philippines won over Thailand at the 2012 Rugby League Asian Cup. The match was the first rugby league international played in Asia.[3]

In 2013 they selected 3 teams to take part in the tournament.[4]

In 2014 the Philippines entered four teams: the first side, two development sides, and an under 20's side.[5]

World Cup

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
EnglandFranceRepublic of IrelandWales 2013 Team did not exist when qualifying began
AustraliaNew Zealand 2017 Not involved in qualifying
Total 0 Titles 0/13 0 0 0 0

Asian Cup

File:Luke Srama.jpg
Captain of the winning Philippines team, Luke Srama holding the trophy at the inaugural Asian Cup in 2012.

The Philippines made their international rugby league debut in Bangkok on October 21, 2012 with a match against Thailand, who were also making their international debut. Aided by a host of Australian-based players, Philippines won the match 86-0 in the first Rugby League Asian Cup.[6]

Asian Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
Thailand 2012 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
Philippines 2013 Champions 1/2 1 1 0 0
Total 2 Titles 1/1 1 1 0 0

Current squad

2014 Squad
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 1 October 2014
Source(s): 2014 Squad

Former players

Players who have played for the national team

International results

  • Philippines def. Thailand 86–0 (21 October 2012)
  • Philippines def. Thailand 44–10 (21 October 2013)
  • Niue def. Philippines 36–22 (4 October 2014)
  • Philippines def. Vanuatu 32–16 (11 October 2014)

All-time Results Record

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
 Niue 2014 1 0 0 1 22 36 2014
 Thailand 2012 2 2 0 0 130 10 2013
 Vanuatu 2014 1 1 0 0 32 16 2014


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