The following squad of 40 rugby players was released by the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union’s Chief Selector Ajith Abeyratne yesterday after President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced the lifting of the ban on Kandy SC and CH&FC rugby players from representing the country on Friday. The banned players are now free to play for the country in international tournaments.
Eighteen players were banned for two years by Minister of Sports and Public Recreation Gamini Lokuge when they withdrew from the team for the Asian Division One Tournament held in Dubai in protest over the appointment of Pavitha Fernando of the CR&FC as the captain of the Sri Lanka team.
These players will now start training for the Five Nations Tournament to be held in Singapore from April 14, 2010.
The squad is as follows:
Forwards: Terence Henry, D. Boteju, Kishore Jehan, E. Swarnatilleke, S. Swarnatilleke, Rajiv Perera, Bilal Hassan, Achala Perera, A. Karthelis, Ishan Noor, Dinesh Sanjeeva,Z. Jahn, Seneka Bandara, Kasun De Silva, Danushka Perera, Yoshitha Rajapakse, D. Selvam, R. Ratnayake, Sean Wijesinghe, D. Lewke. Sajith Saranga.
Backs: R. Weeraratne, Zulki Hameed, S. Sooriyabandara, D. Chandimal, A. De Costa, S. Lakshan, Fazeel Marija, N. Karunatileke, Chamara Vidanage, Pradeep Liyanage, Lasintha De Costa, Chula Susantha, Gayan Weeraratne, S. Handapanagoda, Wishwamithra Jayasinghe, Riza Mubarak, Sanjeeva Jayasinghe, Nuwan Hettiarachchi, Saliya Kumara, M. Sheriff, Kapila Knowlton.
The players are requested to report to the Manager of the tour, Mr Rohan Guneratne, on Tuesday evening. The venue will be notified shortly.