Henakankanamage to replace injured wing

Asia Sevens Series 2019


Former S. Thomas’ and CH & FC wing, Naveen Henakankanamage has been called into the touring squad as the Sri Lankan Tuskers ready themselves for the 1st leg of the 2019 Asia Sevens Series in South Korea. 

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The initial Sri Lanka Sevens squad which was announced last week has gone through some changes. Police SC star, Sachith Silva, who was supposed to play a key role in the team, injured his hamstring at a practice session earlier this week, forcing him to be ruled out of the team, with just 7 days to the tournament. Henakankanamage who was kept standby for this leg, has been called in to replace Silva, injecting power and experience into the team. 

Silva who was picked mainly because of the versatility he brings in, with his ability of finishing, kicking and defending, misses out on his opportunity to debut for Sri Lanka in the Sevens circuit. Henakankanamage on the other hand, will make his second appearance in the Asia Sevens Series, after debuting last year. 

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The Squad is as follows:

Danush Dayana (Kandy SC) – Captain, Srinath Sooriyabandara (Kandy SC), Jason Dissanayaka (Kandy SC), Thilina Wijesinghe (Kandy SC), Reeza Raffaideen (CR & FC), Dinuk Amerasinghe (CR & FC), Janidu Dilshan (CR & FC), Anuradha Herath (CH & FC), Nishon Perera (CH & FC), Naveen Henakankanamage (Havelock SC), Sudaraka Dikkumbura (Army SC) & Kevin Dixon (CR & FC)

The Fixtures for Sri Lanka are as follows:

Day 1 – 31st August

Date Match Venue SL time
31 Aug Sri Lanka v China  Incheon 11.12 a.m.
31 Aug Sri Lanka v Japan Incheon 2.30 p.m.
31 Aug Sri Lanka Women v Hong Kong Women Incheon 9.44 a.m.
31 Aug Sri Lanka Women v Malaysia Women Incheon 12.40 p.m.

 Day 2 – 1st September 

Date Match Venue SL time
1st Sep Sri Lanka v UAE  Incheon 8.42 a.m.
31 Aug Sri Lanka Women v Japan Women Incheon 7.36 a.m.

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