Ruggerites out to secure a place in next World Cup in Dubai
By Shamseer Jaleel
After the recent success of the seniors the youth rugby team is
out on a mission this month. That is to secure at least third place
and secure a place in the Youth World Cup 2006 in Dubai. Korea and
Japan had already qualified for this mega event which will be hosted
by the U A E in April next year.
youngsters who are under watchful eyes of the New Zealander George
Simpkin and the assistant coach Ronnie Ibrahim will depart to Lahore
on 8 December. Ananda second rower Gayan Fernando is tipped to lead
the side . He is also in the senior pool will have some top class
players in the calibre of Imalka Madumapatabendi (Trinity) and Yoshitha
Rajapakse (S. Thomas) who are all out to secure third place.
Lanka will feature in the very first game soon after the opening
ceremony against Korea on 11 December and then lock horns against
Thailand on 13 December. Japan, Hong Kong, Taipei, India, Pakistan
and Kazakastan are the other side who will take part in the Junior
Asiad this year.
squad of 22 players were selected and sent for the Sports Minister
for approval and it is understood that 7 of the players are from
the champion Kingswood side and three players each from Wesley and
Trinity making the final line up for the tour.
Lanka invited for HK Sevens after 4 years
The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) invited the Sri Lanka
sevens team for the next years Bank of Boston Hong Kong Sevens which
will take place in late March. The national team which was kicked
out of the famous tournament 4 years ago with some poor performance
will have to come out with a very good show if they are to be invited
in the future.
sevens team will first tour to Australia for the Commonwealth games
on 18 and 19 March and then wing to Hong Kong. Former Tinitian and
the President of the Australian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) Dilip
Kumar is expected to look after the accommodation of the Lankan
team while their stay in Melbourne.