Schools Rugby restart still on the cards

SLSRFA seeks advice from Ministry of Education

The Dialog Schools Rugby League Trophy
The Dialog Schools Rugby League trophy might not have a recipient in 2020

Despite the government notice to all schools halting all contact sports and extra-curricular activities until further notice, the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) is still hopeful of a Schools Rugby restart this year.

Last week, the Ministry of Education issued a communique to all schools in the country to halt the resumption of extra-curricular and contact sports activities in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines.

Later, the postponement of the GCE Advanced Level Examinations to October 12th pushed the possible resumption of the Schools Rugby League to as late as November.

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The SLSRFA that met last week shed light into the matter on a realistic restart date and how the league can be played.

“We have requested permission from the Ministry of Education to start the 2020 season in late November and continue playing till February since the league will extend until then.” 

“Failing to receive the go-ahead on the matter, we will cancel the Schools Rugby season for 2020 and have a U19 & U15 10-a-side tournament in January since there will be players who will miss out on the final season” 

“The ministry is still to respond to our request and suggest an alternative” added Nirodha Wijerama, secretary of the SLSRFA.

If the Dialog Schools Rugby League gets cancelled, the kick-off of the 2021 season also will depend on Ministry of Education guidelines on contact sports activities.