Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) will go ahead with a new skipper for the Asia Sevens Series that will kick off of the 14th of September 2018 as Sudarshana Muthuthanthri is set to miss the 1st leg due to injury.
It was on day 1 of the Asian Games that the injury occurred during the warm-up ahead of the group stage game against South Korea. Despite the injury, Muthuthanthri continued to play the rest of the tournament with a heavily strapped wrist. The group stage ended in South Korea’s favour with the Tuskers falling a score short.
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However, the injury did not hinder his performance with him scoring that all-important try against Japan in the semifinal that Sri Lanka almost won. Sri Lanka later succumbed to South Korea in the Bronze medal game.
Following medical examinations, it was revealed that Muthuthanthri will be needing at least three weeks of rest for a complete recovery. He is set to be back for the second leg of the Asia Sevens series, when Sri Lanka takes flight to South Korea at the end of the month(September).
In the absence of Muthuthanthri in 2016, it was the Kandy playmaker Danushka Ranjan who provided leadership but with him also set to miss the first leg due to an injury sustained at the games, the national selectors are set to announce a new skipper ahead of the Asia Sevens Series.
Meanwhile coach Peter Woods has called up the wider national training squad ahead of the series and several changes are set to come from the national selectors when they name the provisional squad at the end of the week.