MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Volcanoes made a significant jump in the world rugby rankings following their stellar performance and victory in the Asian 5 Nations Division 1 championship in Manila.
Based on the International Rugby Board (IRB) rankings, the Volcanoes climbed 17 rungs up the world rugby standings after taking home the Division 1 title.
Before becoming Division 1 champions, the Volcanoes were ranked No. 72.
Three victories over Singapore, Chinese Taipei and Sri Lanka catapulted the Philippines to No. 55.
The Philippine side earned a promotion to Top 5, which means a qualification to compete in the 2013 Asian 5 Nations Top 5.
Philippine Rugby Union (PRU) President Alvin San Diego said he expected the high placing for the Volcanoes especially after their win over the higher-ranked Sri Lankans.
He said the Volcanoes, made up mostly of Filipinos who have mixed heritage, placed the Philippines on the rugby world map.
“This whole series is all being about three things for the Volcanoes: respect, discipline and Pinoy pride.”