Sri Lanka National Rugby team leaves for Malaysia

The Sri Lanka national Rugby fifteens squad will leave today (30th April) for a tour to Malaysia to play a few friendly games ahead of the 'Asia Division I Rugby Championship' due to commence in May.

Due to the unrest prevailing in the country practice was disrupted for a brief period, but resumed under the guidance of Head coach Matthew Lee. The team will be playing two games on the 1st and 4th of May in Kuala Lumpur.

Omalka Gunaratne will lead the national outfit in Malaysia which comprises of a 32 member squad. The squad has a mixture of senior players and fresh faces that will be on tour.

Sri Lanka will depend and look forward to a few senior players to stand up, namely Mithun Hapugodage, Anuradha Herath, Thilina Wijesinghe and Prasad Madusanka.  Young, talented and upcoming players Jason Melder, Reeza Rafaideen, Kevin Dixon, Kavindu Perera and Buddhima Piyarathne will be looking forward to make 1st impressions. Players in the caliber of Dinuk Amerasinghe, Thilina Bandara and Samuel Maduwantha who performed well in the dialog rugby league have also been recognized and given the opportunity.

Viraj Prashantha (Forwards coach) and Fazil Marija (Backs coach) will assist head coach Matthew Lee. Rohan Chinthaka will once again be on tour as the manager and will be assisted by Ashad Liyanaarachchige (assistant manager). Tharaka Vithanage is the assigned Physiotherapist and Asitha Lakruwan the Massiio.

Lasitha Gunaratne (president - SLR), Rear Admiral H.A.U.D. Hettiarachchi (Chef de Mission) and Rohan Abayakoon (National Selector) will be touring with the squad as well.

 

Sri Lanka will be looking to use this opportunity in Malaysia to fine tune their game and strategies, before the all important Asia Division I Rugby Championship' in May.

1 Captain Omalka Gunaratne
2 Player Nuwan Perera
3 Player Kavindu Perera
4 Player Anuradha Herath
5 Player Kavin Dixon
6 Player Mithun Hapugodage
7 Player Thilina Wijesinghe
8 Player Buddima Priyarathna
9 Player Tharindu Chathuranga
10 Player Dinuk Amerasinghe
11 Player Prasath Madusanka
12 Player Sajith Saranga
13 Player Sathya Ranathunga
14 Player Umesha Madushan
15 Player Yakoob Ali
16 Player Thilina Bandara


17 Player Mohamed Azmir
18 Player Rahul De Silva
19 Player Jason Melder
20 Player Abzal Mohamed
21 Player Theekshana Dasanayake
22 Player Lasidu Ishan
23 Player Samuel Mduwantha
24 Player Ashan Bandara
25 Player Prabath Kumara
26 Player Sudharaka Dikkumbura
27 Player Kasun De Silva
28 Player Charles Praveen
29 Player Niwanka Prasad
30 Player Sandesh Jayawickrama
31 Player Reeza Raffaideen
32 Player Gihan Madushanka
1 President SLR Lasitha Gunaratne
2 Chef de Mission Rear Admiral H.A.U.D.  Hettiarachchi
3 National Selector Rohan Abayakoon
4 Manager Rohan Chinthaka
5 Ast. Manager Ashad Liyanaarachchige )
6 Head Coach Matthew Lee
7 Forwaed Coach Viraj Prashantha
8 Backs Coach Fazil Marija
9 Physiotherapist Tharaka Vithanage(
10 Massiio Asitha Lakruwan

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