Sri Lanka’s record at the Commonwealth Games Rugby 7’s

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Rugby 7’s was first introduced to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in 1998 and has been a part of this multi sport event since then. The Sri Lanka 7’s team has participated in all editions of the Commonwealth Rugby 7’s tournament. Below is a brief look back at how the Tuskers have performed at this event.

1998 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In the Inaugural tournament Sri Lanka were grouped with New Zealand & Malaysia in the 1st stage of the group phase and along with Australia & Papua New Guinea in the 2nd stage of the group phase. The Tuskers campaign ended with a loss to Papua New Guinea in the Plate Quarter Finals.

Group Stage – 1st phase
Lost to New Zealand: 80 – 00
Lost to Malaysia: 35 -26

Group Stage – 2nd phase
Lost to Australia: 70 -05
Lost to Papua New Guinea: 47 – 00

Plate Quarter Finals
Lost to Papua New Guinea: 47 – 05

Medalists – Gold – New Zealand / Silver – Fiji / Bronze – Australia

2002 – Manchester, England

The 2nd edition of the CWG Rugby 7’s tournament saw Sri Lanka face South Africa, Tonga & Wales in the group stage while their last match was in the Bowl quarter finals against Scotland.

Group Stage
Lost to South Africa: 82 – 00
Lost to Tonga: 47 -12
Lost to Wales: 55 – 07

Bowl Quarter Finals
Lost to Scotland: 57 – 00

Medalists – Gold – New Zealand / Silver – Fiji / Bronze – South Africa

2006 – Melbourne, Australia

The Tuskers faced Australia, England & Cook Islands in the group stage and bowed out of the event in the Bowl quarters after losing to Uganda.

From the game in 2006 where Sri Lanka were anhiliated by the Australian side 73-0

Group Stage
Lost to Australia: 73 – 00
Lost to England: 61 -00
Lost to Cook Islands: 47 – 00

Bowl Quarter Finals
Lost to Uganda: 24 – 12

Medalists – Gold – New Zealand / Silver – England / Bronze – Fiji

2010 – Delhi, India

In the Group Stage Sri Lanka came up against Australia, England & Uganda while their final game was against Papua New Guinea in the Bowl quarters.

Group Stage
Lost to Australia: 42 – 05
Lost to England: 59 -07
Lost to Uganda: 35 – 05

Bowl Quarter Finals
Lost to Papua New Guinea: 26 – 12

Medalists – Gold – New Zealand / Silver – Australia / Bronze – South Africa

2014 – Glasgow, Scotland

The Tuskers recorded their first win in CWG Rugby 7’s as they claimed the Shield Trophy that was introduced for the first time. After encountering Australia, England & Uganda in the group stage, Sri Lanka met Papua New Guinea in the Bowl Quarter Finals. The Shield Trophy was annexed after overcoming Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.

Richard Dharmapala in action against Uganda in the 2014 Glasgow games. Sri Lanka narrowly lost to Uganda 17-14

Group Stage
Lost to Australia: 62 – 07
Lost to England: 57 -06
Lost to Uganda: 17 -14

Bowl Quarter finals
Lost to Papua New Guinea: 17 – 12

Shield Semi Finals
Beat Barbados: 34 – 00

Shield Finals
Beat Trinidad & Tobago: 43 – 07

Medalists – Gold – South Africa / Silver – New Zealand / Bronze – Australia

2018 – Gold coast Australia

The 12-member touring squad that will play in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast

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Young Sevens squad named for Commonwealth Games 2018

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This time around Sri Lanka will take on defending Olympic champions Fiji, Wales & Uganda in the group stage. The Tuskers will have to be among the top two teams in the group, if they are to play any further matches as only the team that tops the group will play off for the medals while the 2nd placed teams in the group will vie for the 5th to 8th place positions.

This year’s event will also see women’s rugby 7s introduced for the first time.