Milby elected new rugby president


    AFTER serving for eight years as Philippine Rugby Football Union secretary general, Ada Milby has moved up, being elected as the PRFU’s new president in virtual polls last Tuesday.

    Milby was voted among the PRFU’s four board members, who were elected by 15 member clubs of the National Sports Association in proceedings witnessed by representatives of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission and Asia Rugby.

    POC membership commission chairman Bones Floro and PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey served as observers.

    Former PRFU president Rick Santos was elected as the association’s new secretary general.

    Timothy Kong and Steve Payne are the other members of the PRFU board while former national player Jake Letts remains the organization’s chief executive officer.

    “Well, it is an interesting time for anyone to take on the mantle of leadership, especially during the pandemic,” Milby said. “So I am really thankful to Rick and the level of professionalism and leadership he has brought to the organization for the last eight years.

    “I am very happy that he is still on the board so we can continue to tap into his wisdom and business acumen to help guide us through. It was his leadership during the pandemic that allowed us to remain stable and sustainable.”

    As the new rugby head, Milby said among her priorities is “to bring our players back to the field in alignment with the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) guidelines sometime in the second quarter of 2021, which could be in April.”

    While rugby has not been included so far in the 2021 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games, she said they want the national men’s and women’s teams in rugby sevens to resume actual training as early as possible for international competitions in the second quarter of 2021.

    “We want to sustain our momentum from our success in the last SEA Games,” Milby said of the national teams that bagged the gold and silver medal, respectively, in the men’s and women’s rugby event at the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles, Pampanga last year.