After a long hiatus forced by the pandemic that plagued the entire world, schools’ rugby in the island is set to make a long-awaited return with the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) obtaining the Ministry of Health go ahead for a School’s Provincial Sevens tournament to be worked out in December.
The competition will feature 50 school teams spread across Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, North Western and Southern provinces adhering to strict health guidelines laid out by the Ministry of Health. All competitions will be held behind closed doors and spectators will not be allowed at the venues.
Speaking exclusively to ThePapare.com, the secretary of SLSRFA Nirodha Wijerama expressed the delight of SLSRFA in being able to restart schools rugby in the country- “We at SLSRFA are delighted that we have received the green light from the Ministry of Health, we will be strictly adhering to all the health guidelines put in place by the health authorities and hope to make these competitions a model for the future competitions on conducting events in the new normal”
The Series of provincial competitions will kick start with the Western province tournament which will see 22 teams compete during the two days. Central province competition will see 8 teams while the North Western province will feature 7 schools battling for provincial honor. Sabaragamuwa province will see 5 Schools in competition while 7 schools are set to compete in the southern provincial competition.
School’s Provincial 7s Fixtures
|Western Province||18th & 19th December||Royal Sports Complex, Colombo 07|
|Central Province||27th December||Trinity College Grounds, Pallekele|
|North Western Province||28th December||Maliyadeva College Grounds, Kurunegala|
|Sabaragamuwa Province||30th December||Ruwanwella Public Grounds, Ruwanwella|
|Southern Province||31st December||Koggala Free Trade Zone Gounds, Koggala|
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