For the love of rugby: Why this Volcano became a waterboy


Posted at May 07 2015 10:07 PM | Updated as of May 08 2015 06:07 AM

Matt Saunders did waterboy duty for the Philippine Volcanoes on Wednesday's Asian Rugby Championship Division 1 game. Photo courtesy of Bob Guerrero.

MANILA, Philippines – Although he didn't play for the Philippine Volcanoes during the team’s game against Singapore at the Asian Rugby Championship Division 1 tournament, this Volcano did everything he could to help his squad.

Matty Saunders took the role of a waterboy when the Volcanoes were fighting it out against Singapore en route to a 20-17 win on Wednesday.

According to sports analyst Bob Guerrero, Saunders was reportedly injured and wasn’t able to suit up against the Singaporeans.

“But that hasn't stopped him from helping out the side in any way he can,” Guerrero said in a Facebook post.

“A source from the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) told me that Matty ‘practically begged’ to be allowed to be the team's waterboy. Amazing considering his stature with the squad,” added Guerrero.

Saunders has been a regular fixture in the Volcanoes squad and is one of the national team's all-time leading scorers.

Guerrero said the player’s sacrifice showcased the value of commitment.

“Thanks Matty for teaching us an important lesson: that if you're committed to a team, you help out in ANY capacity, no matter how insignificant or unglamorous it may seem. There is not role too small, and no member of the team too big or famous not to pitch in behind the scenes. Every little contribution matters,” he said.

The Volcanoes’ nail-biting victory against Singapore has set the team to a title clash with Sri Lanka for the Asian Rugby Championship Division 1 championship on Saturday.

Sri Lanka defeated Kazakhstan squad in the other match, 35-14.