Experienced players return to national squad

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Sri Lanka, who finished 5th in the 1st leg of the Asia Sevens Series, has reinforced its squad with senior players Danushka Ranjan, Srinath Sooriyabandara and Richard Dharmapala ahead of the 2nd leg.

The three-legged series will resume for its second run on the 23rd of September in South Korea and Sri Lanka will be looking to better their performance from the 1st leg in Hong Kong.

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Sudarshana Muthuthanthri’s Tuskers outfit was only able to finish 5th overall in the 1st leg, winning the Plate title in the process.

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It was a new-look outfit that took to Hong Kong which included four debutants and nearly half the team comprising of under 23 players.

With the addition of the big names in the national circuit such as Ranjan, Sooriyabandara and Dharmapala the Tuskers should have the luxury of compiling a balanced outfit.

Danushka Ranjan’s absence was clearly felt in the 1st leg as he unfortunately had to miss out due to fitness issues. The 2016 sevens captain’s addition should play an important role going forward in the second and third legs.

Danushka Ranjan has been declared fit for the second leg
Danushka Ranjan has been declared fit for the second leg

Sri Lanka’s sevens veteran Srinath Sooriyabandara along with his Kandy Sports Club teammate Richard Dharmapala joins the team after sitting out the first one due to injury. Sooriyabandara has earned himself a reputation to be a sevens specialist and has commenced training with the squad.

Sooriyabandara will be one of the most experienced players in the squad
Sooriyabandara will be one of the most experienced players in the squad

Richard Dharmapala who sustained a neck injury in the recently concluded Sri Lanka Super 7’s also is an additive on the side having been declared fit.

Sri Lanka earned themselves only 5 series points in the 1st leg where Japan and Hong Kong took major honours.

View the standings here: Asia Rugby standings for Sri Lanka

The 12-member-squad for the South Korea leg is set to be finalized next week.