Chevron oils local rugby for 3 more years

By Shamseer Jaleel

Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) and Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC partnership was extended by another three years and their partnership runs to 14 years now. Chevron Lubricants will sponsor the Domestic “A” division League and Knock out tournaments. For the last 11 years the company had spent over 400 Million Rupees towards Rugby Football in the country.

Speaking at a press briefing Kishu Gomes, Managing Director/CEO of Chevron said that the decision to continue with Sri Lanka Rugby was a difficult one with high competition in the market. He further said that he is happy with the progress made which is the second popular sport in the country and wants to see more schools and clubs playing rugby in the country. He ended by saying that Rugby Football should be spread into other parts of the country as well and thanked the President of the country Mahinda Rajapaksa for showing genuine interest in the sport.

Lasitha Gunaratne Vice President of the SLRFU said that the season will kick off in early June soon after the last game against Japan in the Asian Five Nations championship. The League and the knock outs to be completed by August to give time to prepare for the Shanghai Sevens which will take place in first week of September which will also be an IRB (International Rugby Board) Asian region ranking tournament.

President of the SLRFU Air Marshall Roshan Gunatilake said that he is happy with the progress he has made in his short stint with the Union. He said that the national side is hard at practice and the final 25 will be chosen soon after a trial game. At present the Players in the pool are in Kandy.
According to reliable source former Trinitian and Kandy SC skipper Sean Wijesinghe will lead the side in the four games.

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