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 Rugby is a growing team sport in Sri Lanka

 


By Srimal Fernando  Global Editor


Rugby is a popular and growing team sport played in Sri Lanka.  The game enjoys widespread popularity  especially in the capital city Colombo and in  Kandy . The last decade saw the regional clubs somewhat developed and closing the gap with urban rugby football clubs in Sri Lanka. This was due to the coaching techniques and  improvised  facilities for talented players.


In recent years Sri Lanka  has proven themselves capable of scaring and more than occasionally defeating traditional Asian  rugby giants from Malaysia in the Hong Kong Shanhai Banking Cooperation  (HSBC)  Sevens Asian Series final in Borneo in September 2012.


Sri Lanka is scheduled to compete in the Asian Five Nations rugby tournament against Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan beginning of April this year. Current captain Yoshitha Rajapaksa and his deputy Fazil Marija have been picked to lead the Sri Lanka rugby team at the Asian Five Nations rugby tournament.
Sri Lankan rugby has the potential to upset the best in Asia with a team rich with talented players. In order to raise the standards of rugby and make the Sri Lanka rugby team more competitive Du Plessis was appointed as National coach by the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union( SLRFU). Du Plessis is a former National Coaching coordinator for the South African Rugby Union and Technical  Director for the 2003 World Cup.


Sports Minister Mahinananda Aluthgamage and Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa a ruby football sportsman played an influential role  in guiding the Sri Lanka rugby team in recent years.   


While rugby in Sri Lanka is still largely at an amateur level, there are many professional players.  Early forms of rugby had been played in Sri Lanka since the middle of the 19th century. The game was introduced to the island nation by the British .


Colombo Football club which is now the oldest rugby club in the country, was founded on 28 June 1879. The early 20th century saw the emergence of a more formal structure, with Ceylon Rugby Football Union as one of the oldest governing rugby union bodies in the world being formed in 1908. Later the Ceylon Rugby Football Union became known as the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) on 12 September 1907. The Ceylon team played their first international rugby match against the professional All Blacks or New Zealand rugby league team. 1995 saw a period of skills development for rugby in Sri Lanka . In the same year the Island nation from the Indian  Sub continent entered into a World Cup qualifying tournament in Group A along with Malaysia,Taiwan and Japan.


Havelock’s Sports Club ,CR & FC and Old Trinitians Sports Club, Kandy Sports Club and Sri Lanka Navy are some of the well known clubs that dominated at domestic level competitions for much of its history. Away from   Colombo  in the highlands the Central Province Rugby Football Union (CPRFU)  is affiliated to Kandy Sports Club, Old Trinitians Sports Club, Nuwara Eliya Rugby Football Club, Matale RFC and some other clubs from the provinces that play competitive rugby matches in the domestic competitions.


The Milo -Presidents Trophy Schools Knockout Rugby Championship and the Clifford Cup Rugby Championship are  tournaments originally intended to help build depth at School and in club level rugby and develop new players for the  Sri Lankan  national team. St Thomas, Trinity ,Royal ,Isipathana  ,St .Peter’s ,St Anthony’s , Wesley, and Trinity Colleges are some of the well known schools  that competed and won many matches in the thrilling  encounters at Schools Knockout Rugby Championships

 


 
 
 
 

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