MANILA - The Philippine Volcanoes will be bringing in a familiar face as they prepare for the coming Asian Rugby Championship this month.
Kevin "Flash" Gordon, who has played professional rugby in the Australian National Rugby League for seven years, will be part of the Volcanoes lineup when they compete against Division 1 countries Malaysia, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates.
The 27-year-old Gordon, who has a physical resemblance to actor Jason Momoa of "Game of Thrones" fame, was a member of the Gold Coast Titans from 2009 until 2015. He later retired from pro rugby to pursue an acting career in the US.
"He's young but he also has a wealth of experience because he played top level in Australia," Jake Robrigado Letts, the head of Philippine Rugby Football Union, said during their appearance at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.
Gordon also represented the Philippines back in 2012 when they won the Asian Cup Championship over Thailand.
"I've recruited him for the past four to five years but he's in contract back then. Later he pursued an acting stint in the US, so I talked to his father and said we've been looking for some new players, someone to teach the younger ones," narrated Letts.
"He's one of the best and all the knowledge and experience to out team are going to be invaluable."
Gordon, who is of Filipino, Chinese and Scottish descent, said he looks forward to joining the Volcanoes again.
"I've always wanted to bring my experience to the team, help them to play professional level and lead by example," he said.
Letts noted that whoever wins the Asian Championship will get a spot in the Rugby World Cup 2019.
The competition, he added, will also be a key preparation for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur this August.
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