Rally for Sri Lanka! The Asia Rugby 7s powered by Dialog is back
What do you get when you take the raw intensity, pace and power of Rugby and distil it into a shorter, more fast-paced and more high risk format? Rugby Sevens of course! And this September it's coming to Sri Lanka.
Powered by Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog, the third and final leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens is sure to be a hub of activity and celebration throughout the proceedings, as the action gets underway at the Racecourse Grounds in Colombo from 28-29 September.
Indeed, the seven-a-side, seven minutes per half, action-packed little brother of the main 15-a-side version, is arguably the more entertaining of the two. And with the Men's and Women's Sri Lankan Tuskers playing hosts the home fans will definitely have much to cheer.
Japan however will be the team to beat, with Asia’s number one ranked team likely keen to make amends for their shock semi-final defeat at the hands of China in the second leg earlier in September.
Both the Japanese Men’s and Women’s teams had come away as Cup winners in the first leg in South Korea, but while the women managed to replicate that feat with victory in the second leg in China as well, the man had to settle for watching on as Hong Kong emerged victors over China in the final.
As such there is all to play for in the Sri Lankan leg, with the overall title of Men’s Asia Rugby Sevens
champions still up for grabs. On the women’s side however, following Japan’s dominance over the first two, all sides involved will be playing for pride as they will look to stop the Japanese Women from making it three from three.
For Sri Lanka, the season has been one of steady improvement, as a side ravaged by injuries to key players, they have worked hard towards building team chemistry and cohesion. In South Korea the men’s team’s struggles were on show as they finished in an underwhelming fifth place. However in
China, with a couple more weeks of training under their belts, the Tuskers improved to fourth losing out to eventual champions Hong Kong.
The women’s side meanwhile has had a tougher time of it, failing to make it past the group stages in either of the first two legs. But with a fervent home support behind them, like the men, they will be ready to put on a better showing on home soil.
The fun starts early
That said, you don’t have to wait for the tournament to get in on the excitement. Follow the dedicated social media channels for exciting chances to win exclusive tickets or take part in the Rugby 7s themed quiz night happening across Colombo; Playtrix (18th September), Irish Pub (19th September) and Manchester Pub (25th September).
For more information visit www.srilankarugby.lk