Press Release, 25th June 2019
Sri Lanka Rugby
The 2019 'Dialog Inter Club Rugby 7's' tournament is scheduled to kick off this weekend (June 29th & 30th) at the Race Course Grounds, Colombo.
The much looked forward premier 7's Rugby tournament in the Local Rugby Calendar will feature 16 teams this year who will compete in 4 groups.
Last year the tournament was held in two legs, with Kandy and CR & FC ending up victorious in the respective legs. But it was CH & FC who eventually won the series based on overall points.
Defending Champions CH & FC will feature 2 teams, so would Army SC, Air Force, Navy SC and Police SC. Inter Club 15 a side champions Kandy SC will be joined by CR & FC, Havelock’s SC, Peterson RFC, Galle RFC and new comers Malay CC.
A couple of Women’s exhibition Rugby matches will be played as well during the Tournament. The Matches are scheduled to start at 9am on both days.
The Dialog Rugby Club 7's 2019 Press Conference was held on the 25th June 2019, at the CR & FC meeting Room.
The event was graced by Ms. Amali Nanayakkara (Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC), Mr. Rizly Illyas (Deputy President/Chairman Tournament Committee, Sri Lanka Rugby), Mr. Nazeem Mohamed (Vice President, Sri Lanka Rugby), Mr. Harsha Samaranayake (Senior General Manager, Brand & Media, Dialog Axiata PLC) and Mr. Thusitha Peiris (Hony. Secretary, Sri Lanka Rugby). The team captains were also present at the gathering.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Rizly Illyas (Deputy President/Chairman Tournament Committee, Sri Lanka Rugby) said, "this year the tournament will be conducted only in 1 segment. The previous year there were 2 segments, but it was not successful as some teams did not participate in both segments which reduced the quality and competition among the teams. He also further added, that 25 player pool will be selected from this 7's tournament for the National squad in preparation for the upcoming Asian 7's series and the Olympic qualifiers. Mr. Illyas also thanked the sponsors Dialog Axiata PLC for their continuous support for this tournament and for Sri Lanka Rugby over the years".
The match Schedule and press conference agenda is attached herewith. Please contact Sri Lanka Rugby on 0112667321 for further details regarding the tournament.
About Dialog Axiata PLC
Dialog Axiata Group, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), operates Sri Lanka's Leading Quad-Play Connectivity Provider. Dialog Axiata PLC, listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange, supplements its market leading position in the Mobile Telecommunications sector with a robust footprint and market presence in Sri Lanka's Fixed Telecommunications and Digital Television markets through its fully owned subsidiaries Dialog Broadband Networks (Private) Ltd (DBN) and Dialog Television (Private) Ltd., (DTV). Dialog Axiata Group is Sri Lanka's largest Foreign Direct Investor (FDI) with investments totaling USD 2.3 Billion.
The winner of six Global Mobile Awards, Dialog has the distinction of being voted by Sri Lankan Consumers as the Telecom Service Provider of the Year for seven years in succession at the SLIM-Nielsen People's Choice Awards. Dialog was also voted by Sri Lankan consumers as the Internet Service Provider of the Year for six years consecutively, and has topped Sri Lanka's Corporate Accountability rankings for the past eight years in succession, and is an ISO 9001 certified company. The Company has received numerous local and international awards including the National Quality Award and Sri Lanka Business Excellence Award.
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