ThePapare.com » National Rugby http://www.thepapare.com Sri Lanka's No.1 Sports HUB Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:54:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.thepapare.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-favTP-50x50.jpg » National Rugby http://www.thepapare.com 32 32 Sri Lanka Rugby national player banned http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-rugby-national-player-banned/ http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-rugby-national-player-banned/#comments Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:04:43 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2202543 Former Sri Lanka national rugby player and current Kandy Sports Club wing three-quarter Vishwamithra Jayasinghe has been slapped with a two-year ban barring him from participating in any forms of rugby with immediate effect. The ban comes after the 27-year-old speedster was caught in a scuffle with a referee at the concluded 47th Mercantile Sevens ]]>

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Former Sri Lanka national rugby player and current Kandy Sports Club wing three-quarter Vishwamithra Jayasinghe has been slapped with a two-year ban barring him from participating in any forms of rugby with immediate effect.

The ban comes after the 27-year-old speedster was caught in a scuffle with a referee at the concluded 47th Mercantile Sevens that took place in July. Jayasinghe, who was representing the Access Group got into a brawl with the sub-official in charge when the cup final was played between MAS Holdings and Access.

Read about the incident: Vishwamithra Jayasinghe in hot water

Following the incident, a police complaint was lodged by the referee who was assaulted and was later dismissed after Jayasinghe pleaded guilty to his wrongdoings and apologized to the respective parties.

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Speaking to ThePapare initially, President of the Sri Lanka Rugby Referees Society (SLRRS) added that Jayasinghe could face repercussions when the matter is taken up by the disciplinary committee.

“The legal procedure has been mutually settled under four conditions. In future there will be no harassment/threatening in this regard, by this party. Secondly, if he (referee) requires medical attention, the two parties will have to bare (the cost of) it”

“The third condition is that he (Vishva) had to admit the fault and apologize and the Fourth (condition) is these legal proceedings cannot be equated to a World Rugby inquiry. Under these four conditions, he (the referee) has accepted the apology”

With Sri Lanka Rugby disciplinary inquiry on the incident coming to a conclusion, it was deemed that Jayasinghe was guilty of the offence and has been banned from participating in any forms of competitive rugby for a period of two years with effect from 23rd July 2017.

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Official sources from Sri Lanka Rugby confirmed that the ban will be with immediate effect and will be intact until 2019.

However, the former Isipathana winger could appeal against the ban to get his sentence reduced or reversed soon after the hearing.

Known as a speedy wing three-quarter in the Sri Lankan circuit, Vishwamithra represented Navy Sports Club before moving on to Kandy in 2016. Playing the Club Rugby season last season, Jayasinghe had scored 3 tries for the club.

He has been a regular in the national sevens outfit and was also a part of the contingent that took flight to Monaco for the Olympic qualifier.

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Asia Rugby Sevens Standings – Sri Lanka stagnated http://www.thepapare.com/asia-rugby-sevens-standings-sri-lanka-stagnated/ http://www.thepapare.com/asia-rugby-sevens-standings-sri-lanka-stagnated/#comments Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:51:40 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2202400 South Korea didn’t favour the Sri Lankans second time around as last year’s finalists failing to progress beyond the cup quarterfinals and ended up eventually winning the plate title diminishing their chances of making it to the Rugby Sevens World Cup. Asia Rugby standings for Sri Lanka It was a disappointing start to the Rugby ]]>

South Korea didn’t favour the Sri Lankans second time around as last year’s finalists failing to progress beyond the cup quarterfinals and ended up eventually winning the plate title diminishing their chances of making it to the Rugby Sevens World Cup.

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It was a disappointing start to the Rugby Sevens World Cup qualifier for Sri Lanka with the fresh look…

It was another disappointing finish for the Tuskers in the second leg of the Asia Sevens Series in South Korea. Sri Lanka met their Achilles heel Hong Kong in the quarterfinals and there were no surprises with Hong Kong recording a comfortable 14-31 win.

The loss to Hong Kong in the quarterfinals in South Korea was the second successive occasion that the team failed to make it to a semifinal.

Read about the Women’s team’s progress

However, Sudarshana Muthuthanthtri’s team managed to defeat Malaysia in the 5th & 6th playoff to claim the Plate title but that makes no difference in the series points table.

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Sri Lanka will continue to occupy the 5th position in the series with no upward movement amassing 5 points in each leg.

Hosts South Korea has been the turnaround team this leg defeating Hong Kong in the semifinal and then concluding as cup champions defeating the Asian powerhouse Japan in the finals. The crunch finals saw the Koreans winning the title 17-12.

The Asia Sevens Series table after two legs are as follows:

Ranking Country 1st leg 2nd leg Total
1 Japan 12 10 22
2 South Korea 8 12 20
3 Hong Kong 10 8 18
4 China 7 7 14
5 Sri Lanka 5 5 10
6 Philippines 4 2 6
7 Malaysia 2 4 6
8 Chinese Taipei 1 1 2

The South Korean victory last weekend changed the scope of the series with Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong all three with prospects to win the series.

South Korea’s cup championship win has opened up the Asia Sevens Series

While Japan require a final finish in Colombo to seal the series and to eventually qualify for the Rugby Sevens World Cup next year, the second qualifying position will be a tight contest between South Korea and Hong Kong.

Sri Lanka’s chances of making it to the Rugby Sevens World Cup is a lost cause with only 10 points in total in two legs. The best Sri Lanka could do is to improve on their ranking to a possible fourth place finish.

With three weeks to go for the final leg, the Tuskers will surely need to pull their socks up if they yearn to better their performance when they play in front of their home crowd on the 14th and 15th of October.

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Sri Lanka Women’s Rugby team finish in 5th spot http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-womens-rugby-team-finish-in-5th-spot/ http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-womens-rugby-team-finish-in-5th-spot/#comments Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:20:00 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2202259 The Sri Lanka Women’s sevens rugby team beat Thailand 24 points to 12 in the 5th and 6th place playoff to secure 5th spot in the 2nd leg of the Asia 7’s Women’s rugby Series in South Korea today. The Sri Lanka Women were up against Thailand in the plate semifinals. It was evenly matched contest in the first few ]]>

The Sri Lanka Women’s sevens rugby team beat Thailand 24 points to 12 in the 5th and 6th place playoff to secure 5th spot in the 2nd leg of the Asia 7’s Women’s rugby Series in South Korea today.

The Sri Lanka Women were up against Thailand in the plate semifinals. It was evenly matched contest in the first few minutes but the Lankans broke through and started making inroads as the game progressed. For the Lankans, it was Ayesha Kaluarachchi who drew first blood with a converted try. They won a penalty inside the 10m, Ayesha took the quick tap pulled off the dummy and went over to score.

Just before the half time Thanuja Weerakkody extended the lead for the Sri Lanka Women’s. They were on the defense when they managed to turn over the ball and Thanuja used her long legs to good effect to go storming past the Thailand Defense.

Halt Time: Sri Lanka 12 – Thailand 00

Thailand came back strong in the second half with a converted try early on. It was their star player Rattanaporn Wittayaronnayut who used her speed and strength to open the scoring for her side. Sri Lankans bounced back soon after with two quick tries from Anusha Aththanayake and Dulani Pallikondage. The two tries sealed the game for the Lankans. Towards the end Thailand managed to get another try under their name but it was too little too late for them.

Full Time: Sri Lanka 24 – Thailand 12

Early on, Sri Lankans had a tough outing against Kazakhstan in their cup quarter finals. The strong Kazakhstan scored 5 tries against the Lankan Women’s while the islanders only managed to score one try from Thanuja Weerakkody. The final score line stood at 27 points to 7 in favor of Kazakhstan.

Lady Tuskers were up against Singapore in the plate semifinals. It was evenly matched as both teams showed great intensity and physicality throughout the game. Lankans somehow managed to get the better of the Singaporeans and register a close win by just a 4-point margin. The try scorers for Sri Lanka were, Ayesha Kaluarachchi, Thanuja Weerakody and Theekshana Liyanage. The final score line stood at 19 points to 15 in favor of Sri Lanka.

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Tuskers secure 5th spot in 2nd leg http://www.thepapare.com/asia-7s-2nd-leg-day-2-report-2017/ http://www.thepapare.com/asia-7s-2nd-leg-day-2-report-2017/#comments Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:17:35 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2202214 Sri Lanka ended the 2nd leg of the Asia 7’s Rugby Series in the 5th spot after beating Malaysia in the plate finals by 41 points to 7 in Korea. It was another try feast for the Lankans against Malaysia. Sudam Sooriyarachchi opened the scoring with   try under the post. It was Dhanushka Ranjan who ]]>

Sri Lanka ended the 2nd leg of the Asia 7’s Rugby Series in the 5th spot after beating Malaysia in the plate finals by 41 points to 7 in Korea.
It was another try feast for the Lankans against Malaysia. Sudam Sooriyarachchi opened the scoring with   try under the post. It was Dhanushka Ranjan who made good run in the corner, got the inside pass to Sudam who stepped on the gas to go all the way. They followed it up with another converted try by Dhanush Dayan. Malaysians had possession but a loose pass was beautifully intercepted by Dayan who pounced on the opportunity.

The Malaysian’s looked tired on the field as the Tuskers danced around them. The 3rd try for the Sri Lankans came from Dhanushka Ranjan who went over the line for the 7th time this weekend. On the verge of the half time whistle, veteran Serupepeli Naqasima found space in the middle and went on to score under the post to open the scoring for Malaysia.

Half Time: Sri Lanka 19 – Malaysia 07

The second half belonged to the Sri Lankans. They were rampant through the half and made it tough for the tired Malaysian’s. Jason Dissanayake came in from the bench to score Sri Lanka’s 4th try of the match. The game was in their hands but the Tuskers continued the onslaught. The 5th try came from another second half substitution Hiranth Perera who used the numerical advantage after Malaysian’s lost one player due to yellow card. Seconds before the final whistle, Hirantha managed to score another try to put the nail on the coffin. Sri Lankans somehow managed to end the 2nd leg well, but they should be disappointed not to end up in the top four this week as well. There is a lot to look forward to in three weeks‘ time when they will host the Asia 7’s 3rd and final leg here in Colombo.

Full Time: Sri Lanka 41 – Malaysia 07

Tuskers storm past Philippines to the plate finals

The Sri Lankans started off in ecstatic fashion with Naveen Henakankanamge going under the post in the very first minute. Jason Dissanayke grabbed the ball from the kick off, dragged a few defenders on to him got the inside pass to Naveen who stepped on the gas showing off his usual skills at speed to get across the line. A few minutes later, Jason got his name on the scorecard with another converted try. It was Sudam Sooriyarachchi’s burst through the middle bouncing off a few defenders which helped the Tuskers in scoring that try before the half time.

Half Time : Sri Lanka 14 – Philippines 00

The second half was once again dominated by the Lankans. Dhanush Dayan found his way through a gap to score their third try in the match. The Volcanoes failed to make any inroads into their attacking side as they were forced to defend right through the game. Minutes later, Tharinda Ratawatte went over the line for his 5th try in the 2nd leg. He took the ball from the ruck, fended off his marker and pushed over easily.

It was raining tries for the Lankans and Jason once again showed his pace down the corner to score his 2nd try of the game.  Ratwatte with the kick cross field to Jason, saw him accelerating around the defenders to score. Seconds before the whistle, Dhanushka Ranjan put the icing on the cake with 4th try this weekend to give the Tuskers a big win by 42 points to nil.

Full Time : Sri Lanka 42 – Philippines 00


Hong Kong register an easy win against Sri Lanka in the quarter finals
Hong Kong started off with a try in the very first minute with Toby Fenn going over the line. They did not hold back as they went over for the 2nd time few minutes later. Jack Neville was the try scorer as he pounced on the messy defense line of the Tuskers.
Lankans finally found good some rhythm towards the end of the half. Muthuthanthri was the try scorer but it was Dhanushka Ranjan who did the hard work in the middle. There was good support play, great running lines from the Tuskers which helped them break through. Just before the half time, Hong Kong managed to score another try from Sebastian Brian.

Half Time : Hong Kong 17 – Sri Lanka 07

The second half was all about Hong Kong as they ran away with the game showing consummate ease. They managed to add 14 more points with two tries from Neville who completed his hat-trick. The Tuskers, faring slightly better against their old opponents, affected another try thanks to some individual skill from Srinath Sooriyabandara but it was not enough to turn the match around.

Full Time : Hong Kong 31 – Sri Lanka 14

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Lady Tuskers beat the hosts to take 3rd spot in Pool D http://www.thepapare.com/lady-tuskers-beat-the-hosts-to-take-3rd-spot-in-pool-d/ http://www.thepapare.com/lady-tuskers-beat-the-hosts-to-take-3rd-spot-in-pool-d/#comments Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:24:42 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2202165 The Sri Lankan women’s Rugby team struggled on day 1 but somehow salvaged a good win over the hosts South Korea to finish in 3rd spot in Pool D on day 1 of the Asia 7’s Women’s series. The hosts were struggling from morning and it was the clash for the 3rd spot between Sri ]]>

The Sri Lankan women’s Rugby team struggled on day 1 but somehow salvaged a good win over the hosts South Korea to finish in 3rd spot in Pool D on day 1 of the Asia 7’s Women’s series.

The hosts were struggling from morning and it was the clash for the 3rd spot between Sri Lanka and South Korea. The first half was intensely  physical and evenly matched between the two sides. Both teams were pampered in their previous games but they showed good intensity right through the game. It was the Lady Tuskers who drew first blood in the first half with an unconverted try by winger Thanuja M. She stepped around the defence line and ran all the way to get the lead for the Lankans just before half time.

Half Time : Sri Lanka 5 – South Korea 0

2nd half was much more intense with the home side pulling out all their strings to get some points to their name. Their determinations paid-off as the Koreans took the lead in the second half through a converted try by Gwen Selogi. The Sri Lanka women’s team was under the pump and that’s when they pulled off every ounce in their tanks to get back the lead. It was Dasuni Thommadura who came from the bench to score a brilliant try under the post to win back the lead for the Lady Tuskers. She showed good steam down the corner and ran around the Korean defence.

Sri Lanka put the nail in the coffin in the dying moments of the game with Anusha Mudiyanaselage going over the line to score the 3rd try. Good physicality was shown by the ladies and they will go on to face Kazakhstan in the quarter finals tomorrow.

Full Time : Sri Lanka 17 – South Korea 7

Early on, the Sri Lanka women’s rugby sevens team started off the day in horrific fashion as the Chinese beat them 33 points to 12. For the Lankans, Dulani Pallikondage and Ayesha Madduma scored tries while Ayesha Kaluarachchi got a conversion under her name.

Their 2nd game for the day was played against Hong Kong and they managed to put up a better fight this time around. Even though they could not score any points, the Lankans showed grit and much better discipline on the field. The final score line stood at 28 points nil in favour of Hong Kong.

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Tuskers beat Chinese Taipei to finish 3rd in Pool A http://www.thepapare.com/unsettled-sri-lanka-humiliated-by-japan/ http://www.thepapare.com/unsettled-sri-lanka-humiliated-by-japan/#comments Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:02:26 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2201978 Despite a close win against Chinese Taipei, the Sri Lanka Rugby sevens team finished 3rd in Pool A and they will go on to face Hong Kong in the quarter finals tomorrow in the Asia 7’s 2nd leg currently underway in Korea. The 3rd and final match for the Tuskers in the group stages took ]]>

Despite a close win against Chinese Taipei, the Sri Lanka Rugby sevens team finished 3rd in Pool A and they will go on to face Hong Kong in the quarter finals tomorrow in the Asia 7’s 2nd leg currently underway in Korea.

The 3rd and final match for the Tuskers in the group stages took place against Chinese Taipei. The Lankans needed a big win if they were to secure 2nd place in the group after the drawn clash against China. They started off in fine fashion yet again with Dhanushka Ranjan scoring in the 2ndminute. He got the ball at the half way mark, shoved-off the final defender, stepped back in and went over to score. Taipei answered with an immediate counter attacking try from Huang Po as the Lankans were caught napping in the field.

Taipei found good momentum as the game progressed and it almost looked as if the Tuskers were caught by surprise but they somehow managed to find their footing and the lead through a converted try by Jason Dissanayake. Unfortunately for the Tuskers, the lead did not last long as Chinese Taipei tied things up in the final minute of the first half through a converted try by Cheng Chia.

Half Time : Sri Lanka 12 – Chinese Taipei 12

The Sri Lanka Rugby team once again looked to dominate after the break as they kicked things off with a converted try by Ratwatte but the Taiwanese kept on bouncing back. They immediately replied with a converted try by Hunag Te Lung. Tuskers were punished for missing tackles and holding back which gave the Taiwanese ample space to work with.

The final few minutes were tense and that’s when Srinath Sooriybandara decided to show some individual brilliance. He took the ball from the restart, stepped away from the defenders, shoved-off two more and went all the way to score under the post. Just when the Lankans thought they had the match in their bag, Taiwanese rebounded with the try by Hsin Keui. Fortunately for the Tuskers, Chinese Taipei failed to convert the try which cost them the  game.

Full Time : Sri Lanka 26 – Chinese Taipei 24


Tuskers’ clash with China ends in a standstill

It was expected to be an evenly matched clash between the Sri Lanka Rugby sevens team and China and that was exactly what everyone witnessed at the end. The Tuskers drew first blood in the 2nd minute with an unconverted try by Dhaushka Ranjan who showed some good strength and pace in the corner. The Chinese bounced back with try by Ma Chong. Once again it was their big man Gao who made the breakthrough which led to the try.

China took the lead in the next minute when Cheng Yong went over the line. Gao was once again in action with another run right through the defences which opened the field for China. Seconds before half time, the Tuskers managed to cut down the deficit through some great work by  Jason Dissanayake. China had a brain freeze which opened a gap in the middle and they were punished.

Half Time : China 12 – Sri Lanka 12

The second half was once again a cliffhanger. The Tuskers started off with a converted try from Jason who went over for the 3rd time in the tournament. He started off in his own half, pulled the dummy on Gao in the corner and ran all the way to score. Ratwatte converted to add the extras. China bounced back with a converted try. Srinath Sooriyabandara produced a rare knock on which led to a counter from the Chinese. It was Shan Chang who went over for them.

With less than 3 minutes remaining, the Tuskers pulled off a brilliant try. Sooriyabandara broke through from their own half, got the offload to Ranjan who did the rest. His brute strength and speed was no match for the Chinese as he went over the line for his second try. With a 7-point lead the Lankans had the edge but the Chinese did not give up and they were rewarded for their perseverance. Hu Zhen finished the match with a converted try which ended the game 26 all.

Full Time : China 26 – Sri Lanka 26


Unsettled Sri Lanka humiliated by Japan

The Tuskers were unsettled and were struggling to hold on to possession while the Japanese ran in tries from every nook and corner.

Back in the Asia Sevens circuit after injury, Danushka Ranjan made an impact in the very first minutes of play crossing over the line for a try and unfortunately that was the only attempt the islanders received against the 1st leg winners.

Making their presence felt, Japan crossed the white line on seven occasions during the 14 minutes of play and out of which six of them were converted.

Towards the last few minutes, Sri Lanka had given up their run and the Japanese found themselves in easy scoring situations and finished at 47 points.

Score Breakdown – Sri Lanka 5 (1T) – Japan 47

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A heartwarming gesture by the Bahrain Rugby Football Club http://www.thepapare.com/a-heartwarming-gesture-by-the-bahrain-rugby-football-club/ http://www.thepapare.com/a-heartwarming-gesture-by-the-bahrain-rugby-football-club/#comments Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:55:49 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2201795 The Bahrain Rugby Football Club players and staff who arrived in Kandy for their all important Asia Western Club Champions League match between Kandy SC and Bahrain RFC took time off to attend a charity program in the city earlier today prior to their final practice session.]]>

The Bahrain Rugby Football Club players and staff who arrived in Kandy for their all important Asia Western Club Champions League match between Kandy SC and Bahrain RFC took time off to attend a charity program in the city earlier today prior to their final practice session.

The players welcomed by the kids
The players welcomed by the kids

A group of players from the team and the manager took the initiative to visit the Child Action Lanka child care center at Katukelle located in the city behind the Wembly film hall. Some Kandy players accompanied the group together with coach Sean Wijesinghe. The team was welcomed by the children who live and stay at the center with garlands they’ve made themselves which turned out to be garlands of rugby balls.

The players played around with the kids and spoke with everyone before they left to the Deiyyanwela playground to attend some fun activities together. The team also gave away toys and other stationery which they had brought with them.

The kids enjoyed themselves playing games while the players cheered them on. They later got into teams and  competed alongside the players.

The manager of the team, Louie Tolken speaking to ThePapare.com added these words on their kind gesture

All happy faces
All happy faces

“We are more involved in Charities as it helps whoever in need. We are glad because the children here are orphans and God knows what would have happened if they were let out in the streets, so we think that in helping them we are being better human beings.”

The team then moved on to the Nittawela stadium after spending around two hours with the kids, where they participated in a short practice session as preparation for tomorrow’s game against Kandy SC.

After the session they donated two jerseys for two young teams picked by the Kandy management. The team distributed the jerseys and then took photographs with everyone present. The young kids who were more interested in which size they wanted as they picked the jersey sizes with the players themselves graciously accepted the jerseys.

The Bahrain coach spoke a few words at the distribution as he said “ the jerseys are a gift from us to help you play as a team under one logo and thanked everyone present at the occasion and asked the lads to support them tomorrow in the big game against Kandy SC.”

The junior players from Vidyartha with the Bahrain players
The junior players from Vidyartha with the Bahrain players

Stay tuned to ThePapare.com for live coverage of the match.

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Buddima Piyarathane ruled out of 2nd leg http://www.thepapare.com/buddima-piyarathane-ruled-out-of-2nd-leg/ http://www.thepapare.com/buddima-piyarathane-ruled-out-of-2nd-leg/#comments Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:51:20 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2201607 With hours to go for the Sri Lanka Sevens’ team’s departure, the selectors make a last minute change as Buddhima Piyarathane who met with an sudden accident has been ruled out paving way for Srinath Sooriyabandara to join the team. The 20-year-old Navy SC player met with an unfortunate accident while travelling, sustaining a minor ]]>

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With hours to go for the Sri Lanka Sevens’ team’s departure, the selectors make a last minute change as Buddhima Piyarathane who met with an sudden accident has been ruled out paving way for Srinath Sooriyabandara to join the team.

The 20-year-old Navy SC player met with an unfortunate accident while travelling, sustaining a minor injury on his knee making him unavailable for the South Korea leg.

Buddhima was named in the 12-member-squad that was set to take flight this evening (20th) to Seoul but the sudden events have made the speedster sit out.

Sri Lanka will, therefore, opt to the experienced Srinath Sooriyabandara as he will complete the 12-member squad for the 2nd leg. The Kandy Sports Club utility player was initially included as one of the non-touring stand-by’s for the second leg.

The team will leave the country today (20th).

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Sri Lankan women aiming at top 3 finish http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lankan-women-aiming-at-top-3-finish/ http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lankan-women-aiming-at-top-3-finish/#comments Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:22:30 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2201553 Having tasted success at the Borneo Sevens, the Sri Lanka Rugby Women’s sevens team will be eyeing greater glory this Asia Sevens series as the team takes flight to South Korea for the 1st leg of the Women’s series. The lady Tuskers had a first taste of silverware when the team defeated Thailand 12-5 at ]]>

Having tasted success at the Borneo Sevens, the Sri Lanka Rugby Women’s sevens team will be eyeing greater glory this Asia Sevens series as the team takes flight to South Korea for the 1st leg of the Women’s series.

The lady Tuskers had a first taste of silverware when the team defeated Thailand 12-5 at the 2017 Borneo Invitational Sevens that was played in March this year. Drawing inspiration from the courageous milestone early this year, the women’s team look in good shape for this year’s conquest.

Sri Lanka's Boreno Women's cup title set the start this year for women's rugby development
Sri Lanka’s Boreno Women’s cup title set the start this year for women’s rugby development

Sri Lanka Women champions in Borneo 7s

Stunning performance by Sri Lanka women’s rugby sevens team in Malaysia as they won..

The women’s competition in the Asia Sevens Series is a two-legged series and will run in pararell with the main tournament in South Korea and in Colombo.

The Lankan ladies didn’t have the best of competitions last time with a disappointing 6th place finish in both legs where they were ruled out of the cup competition and faced Singapore in the Plate final and ended up on the losing side.

“The Borneo will definitely be inspiration for the girls to perform better in the upcoming Asia Series” added the determined women’s skipper Randika Kumudumali whose captaincy won the first silverware for womens rugby in Thailand. “We are definitely looking at a third or a fourth place finish and that is what we as a team are looking to achieve this leg” the captain added further on the team’s expectations.

A total of eight teams will take part in the women’s competition as the Lankans are drawn alongside Hong Kong, China and South Korea. It will be a tight contest in the group stages but coach Sudath Sampath believes that the team is on track for a successful tourney.

“I have higher expectations for the team to perform better than the Borneo sevens and believe that the team could put up a strong display in South Korea” added coach Sudath Sampath who has been with the team since last year.

 “We will start with our first match and try to win it and move forward”.

An optimistic coach, Sampath envisions that his team will finish either third or fourth this series.

“We have been practicing for the sevens and all the players understand what they need to achieve”

Randika Kumudumali will give leadership to the outfit this series and she looks confident of the side with the national team retaining the services of the experienced lot.

Thanuja Weerakkody is one Sri Lanka's most experienced Women's rugby campaigners
Thanuja Weerakkody is one Sri Lanka’s most experienced Women’s rugby campaigners

The speedsters Dulani Pallekondage and Ayesha Perera will be vital for Sri Lanka’s success while senior campaginers and former skipper Thanuja Weerakkody and Anusha Attanayake strengthen the squad in terms of experience.

 A huge effort has been put for the development of women's rugby in preparation for the Asia Sevens series

A huge effort has been put for the development of women’s rugby in preparation for the Asia Sevens series

There clearly has been lot of effort put into the development of women’s rugby in the country. A national pool was established to develop the players and encourage many more to take up the sport.

Fixtures Sri Lanka Women’s:

23rd September – Sri Lanka vs China 7.58 a.m.

23rd September – Sri Lanka vs Hong Kong 11.16 a.m.

23rd September – Sri Lanka vs South Korea 1.50 p.m.

Sri Lanka Squad:

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“Sri Lanka searching for final berth” Asia Sevens 2nd leg preview http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-searching-for-final-berth-asia-sevens-2nd-leg-preview/ http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-searching-for-final-berth-asia-sevens-2nd-leg-preview/#comments Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:35:39 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2201509 The Sri Lanka Rugby sevens team will be looking to make it to a finals as they take flight to South Korea. Watch the Sri Lanka team preview for the second leg of the Asia Sevens Series.]]>

The Sri Lanka Rugby sevens team will be looking to make it to a finals as they take flight to South Korea. Watch the Sri Lanka team preview for the second leg of the Asia Sevens Series.

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