Sri Lanka Rugby and Peter Woods part ways

Coaching staff relieved of their services

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Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) has ceased the services of their national sevens coach Peter Woods and trainer Nicolas Groube after the two-year contract expired at the end of October.  

The New Zealand national Peter Woods succeeded England sevens represent Matthew Drew Turner in late 2016 and served a period of two years. Brought in ahead of the Asia Games way back in 2016, the Sri Lanka side missed the trick for a silverware by a meagre losing out to South Korea in the bronze medal clash.

In the time under Peter Woods, the Sri Lanka side saw ample new faces growing into the national jersey but the side failed to climb up the rankings in the Asian Sevens circuit. In 2016, the side finished 4th overall in the series.

Later this year, Sri Lanka came out with a strong performance in the Commonwealth Games playing alongside World giants Fiji and Wales but couldn’t get their act together in the Asia Sevens Series.

The season that started off on a successful note in the 1st leg finishing 3rd but later finished 5th and 6th in the 2nd and 3rd legs respectively.

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Nicolas Groube acted trainer for the national sevens as the fifteens on several occasions

Sri Lanka will also relieve the services of trainer Nicolas Groube who spent a two-year stint working with the sevens side as well as with the fifteens side.  

According to official sources from SLR, the replacement for the vacant national sevens post will be looked at and filled by March next year with no more sevens action coming up in the coming months.