There's another team of hot athletes competing with the Azkals for your attention: the Philippine Volcanoes. If you didn't already know, they're our national rugby team, and they are fast becoming the talk of the town. Like the Azkals, many of the Volcanoes are half-breeds--Fil-Brits and Fil-Aussies--and they're super cute!
But, while they've only stepped into the showbiz spotlight recently (yes, we're thinking of those steamy Bench billboards), they've been on top of their game for some time now. They won gold in the 2005 Asian Games and silver in the 2007 Southeast Asian games. They've dominated their divisions at the Asian 5 Nations tournament (the highest level of Asian rugby), and emerged champions in Divisions 4, 3, and 2. Next year, the Volcanoes are well-placed to gain entry into the Asian Top Five, and from there to the World Cup of Rugby. These guys have really been putting Philippine sports on the globe!
And speaking of globe, Globe Telecom hosted a send-off lunch for the Volcanoes last August 24 at Legend Villas, before they left for the Men's Asian Football Rugby Union (ARFU) 7s held last August 27 in Shanghai, China. (The Volcanoes went on to defeat South Korea--the defending champs--the United Arab Emirates, and Thailand in those games. They finished seventh, overall!
To help you know these down-to-Earth, hunky athletes better, Cosmo asked them this one question: "What fact about men do you think girls don't but should know?"
Read on for their answers, then launch the gallery for more facts on and photos of the Volcanoes. We guarantee you will looove this team!
Jake Letts: "A guy fact [girls should know] is the saying 'Treat him mean, keep him keen!' That's what none of us boys will admit but everyone knows, and it's true."
Andrew Wolff: "We hurt as much as [girls] do. And we cry, too. I think you girls have already figured us out, one way or another. It's for guys to figure girls out. I think the day I understand girls completely, I'll be dead already."
Justin Coveney: "When guys want to say something, they're not going to say it the way that they're supposed to. Guys will use their hands; you've got to read their body language because they are terrible at actually saying things in words. So next time you and your man have a fight, read the body and eye language. I think you'll get the true message there."
Chris Everingham: "It's okay to come up to guys and say hello. There's nothing wrong with that and you don't have to be a snob. You can say hello, and if it starts to work out, you can always say, 'It's nice to meet you.' You don't have to think, 'If I talk to him we're going to have sex.' Just talk to him and see what it is. Have an enjoyable conversation like they used to do in the old days and see what happens. Most guys are really nice, you know...most guys."
Oliver Saunders: "Hmm... We like to cuddle."
Harry Morris: "There are so many! Okay, maybe it's the misconception that guys don't care about girls if they do not provide constant affection or continuous attention, all the time. It doesn't mean we don't care. It just means there is something else on our minds. Like, for us, we train a lot, and our girlfriends think we only focus on training. But, that's not the case at all. Without a girlfriend or a girl back home, without being in a stable relationship, [we] can't focus on the rest of [our] lives. So there,we do care."
(Harry came up to us later and said, "I've got a better fact for you! If a girl wants to know when a guy really cares, it's when he offers to cook for her.")
Kenny Stern: "We don't pay a lot of attention to little things. Girls are very finicky and notice details that we wouldn't think twice about. So, don't get mad at us if we forget something. It's not that we don't care; it's just that we don't think about it. We think about food and all that stuff..."
Mark Chatting: "The best way to a man's heart is through his stomach!"
Click on the gallery for loads of photos of the Volcanoes, and get to know them better!