With the Schools season done and dusted, focus will shift towards the domestic league, the shorter version of the game to start with. The annual Western Province Open 7’s tournament organized by Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) is all set to take place this weekend.
The WPRFU will be conducting this 7’s rugby competition for its member clubs on the 23rd of this month at Police Park. All the leading ‘A’ Division Clubs in the Western Province as well as Development Clubs will partake in this event.
To ensure that there will not be a disparity in the level of competition; teams will be segmented into three categories. One will be the ‘Elite’ segment which will include the main teams of all ‘A’ division clubs, while the second segment will consist of the second & third string teams of the ‘A’ Division clubs. The third and final segment will be the ‘Development’ tournament that will include member clubs that don’t participate in the Top division of SLR competitions. Hence, the top teams will play for the Cup, whilst the other teams battle it out for the Bowl and Shield.
The 17 Teams;
|Top Division Clubs||Teams|
|Havelocks S C||2|
|Army S C||2|
|Police S C||1|
|Navy S C||2|
|Peterson S C||1|
|Old Kannangara S C||1|
|Panadura R F C (A)||1|
Last year, Navy Dreadnaughts clinched the Cup championship after beating CR & FC ‘A’ team at Havelock Park under lights. However, this year the tournament will be slightly different as the WPRFU has decided to omit the Women’s category this time around.
As the Province with the highest representation in the country both in terms of teams and players, the WPRFU plays a pivotal role in developing, administering and promoting the game of Rugby in the Western Province. The Union conducts its activities under 3 verticals namely Development, Tournaments & Education, thereby supporting the parent body (SLR) – in their efforts to popularize and improve the standard of the game in the country.Last year, Navy Dreadnaughts clinched the Cup championship after beating CR & FC ‘A’ team at Havelock Park under lights. However, this year the tournament will be slightly different as the WPRFU has decided to omit the Women’s category this time around.
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