The Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) will declared open later today in the Bahamas. The Sri Lanka U18 rugby sevens team departed the island with minor preparation to face this gigantic task of a competition.
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England, Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Canada and the Bahamas are the other opponents who will compete for a medal. However, the junior Tuskers captain Gemunu Chethiya of St. Joseph’s College is confident of doing well against the bigger nations.
The speedster Chethiya said that “I’m happy and proud to captain the country and we’ve been training together last week morning and evening. If we think positive we can do anything so I think we have gel together as a team and some players did play in the super 7s so we confident on doing something good”
National coach and the former New Zealand sevens player Peter Woods speaking to ThePapare.Com said that “Preparation hasn’t been that great but this week we went full out in to our training with our squad of twelve, the boys are training well boys are working hard that’s the positive.”
Woods took over the senior national men in January and now in charge of all the age group as well. This is in order to fine-tune the right skills of the players as future potentials. He expressed his views further “Every game is going to be hard. This will be a good experience for these young boys and it’s the talent for the future” Woods talking about the current squad. He further stated that “there is talent. But don’t get me wrong you can do so much in training and it’s a totally different ball game when opposition in front of you, as long as we do our preparation on and off the field and get these boys ready.”