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.
|18||Player||Rahul De Silva|
|27||Player||Kasun De Silva|
|1||President SLR||Lasitha Gunaratne|
|2||Chef de Mission||Rear Admiral H.A.U.D. Hettiarachchi|
|3||National Selector||Rohan Abayakoon|
|5||Ast. Manager||Ashad Liyanaarachchige )|
|6||Head Coach||Matthew Lee|
|7||Forwaed Coach||Viraj Prashantha|
|8||Backs Coach||Fazil Marija|
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