step in the right direction
By Wimal Perera
By the time this article is published the results of the Sri Lanka
match against Kazakasthan will be known. Whatever the result the
performance so far of the national team has been very encouraging
and will be a platform for the development in the future.
The immediate future will be the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games
and the Asiad. The improvement of skills and techniques will be
a important aspect of training.
had the opportunity to speak to Australian Grant Dwyer the CR and
FC coach of what they are doing to improve the player base. The
CR has selected palyers who are under 21 and are in training in
what is termed the “academy”. The players are mostly
school boys of recent times. They have been picked up from across
the country. The intention is that the club will have a pool of
players who will be improved in their skills and techniques. The
emphasis is more on position specific training involving both exercise
room work and practice on the ground. The gap in the skills and
techniques required at the club and higher levels as compared to
school rugby will be addressed. The club also intends to help them
in finding suitable employment.
definitely is a step in the right direction by the Longdon Place
club and will help the progress of the game in the country. There
is also an academy for mini rugby with the players practicing at
the CR grounds. Hopefully others will follow and try to have their
squads of juniors. Then one may have adequate numbers than being
forced to concede a walkover. While CR has taken the initiative
and trained the players it is possible that others may benefit.
club may have to look after their interests and contract some of
them. The program has a cost to the club and they must benefit from
same. Well done CR! The way for the future is to know your expectations
and plan to fulfill them.
In this respect what is important for the governing body whether
at the national and provincial level is to have in place a well
organized B division tournament which can be expanded to include
a C division. Considering the numbers playing rugby at school level
this not an impossibility.
Ronnie Ibrahim the Kingswood coach has been appointed as Assistant
Coach to Geroge Simpkin for training the team to the Junior Asiad.
This again is a step in the right direction and recognition of coaching
a winning combination in the last couple of years. The expectancy
that effort will lead to performance and the likelihood of this
level of performance will lead to outcome and reward is motivation
as explained by Lawler in the expectancy theory. Simple ground rules
It is sad to note that while good things are happening the unsavory
raises its head. It was reported that a referee was at the receiving
end of punches from players at a match during the Army inter unit
rugby tournament. The SLRFU sprung to action at a fast pace and
initiated an inquiry and I understand necessary disciplinary action
is being contemplated.
action of the SLRFU will result in people taking notice of the serious
view taken on indiscipline. There is yet a necessity to treat the
causes that lead to behaviour of this nature. As commented in my
column previously most of the problems arise due to action of officials
that convey wrong meaning to spectators and players. There is a
code of conduct circulated to all clubs and schools. What action
can be taken in terms of the code against uncooperative officials?
The report of the referee I understand has narrated comments made
by players which are perceptions of referees on their performance
during the concluded season.
are obviously the result of being conditioned due to comments by
responsible people. During the Clifford Cup Knock out stage the
Army Coach made comments in the media that the referee was not suited
for a particular match which they lost.
is a violation of the code of conduct and would have attracted severe
censure in other parts of the world. Similarly there were comments
made by a school coach about a referee during the schools president’s
trophy matches. Action being slow the repercussions is felt by the
referees. The referee’s society should take note and follow
up in the interest of the game which will ultimately suffer. There
is hesitancy from most to referee and the few has to be given adequate