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Postby iul » Tue, 29 Apr 2014, 08:18

According to wiki there are over 120k rugby players in Sri Lanka and over 100 rugby clubs.
Apparently there are two local competitions called "Caltex League".

If you have any more information about rugby in Sri Lanka please post it here.

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Tue, 29 Apr 2014, 14:56

Sri Lanka discovered the game of rugby at the same time as India,[2] and the first rugby club, The Colombo Football Club, was founded in Sri Lanka in 1879. The first rugby match played between two selected teams occurred on the 30th of June of that year between Colombo and a 'World' Team. The nation's first 'national' match involved an All Ceylon team against the All Blacks.[3]

In the post-WWII period, S. Muthiah campaigned for the sports introduction into the national police service.

The 1930 and the 1950 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia, also played unofficial matches in Ceylon on their way home.[2][4]

Despite not performing well on the international stage, Sri Lanka is sometimes considered one of the rugby's success stories, with crowds of forty or fifty thousand turning out for club games.[2]

Sri Lanka's problems have been threefold - firstly, a lack of finance, secondly, third world infrastructure, and thirdly, the country has been war torn for a number of years.[2]

Notable Sri Lankan players include Len Saverimutto, who is the father of scrum half Christian Saverimutto, who was capped three times for Ireland in the 1995-6 season.[2]

courtesy of Wikipedia

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby beber » Tue, 29 Apr 2014, 22:13

iul wrote:According to wiki there are over 120k rugby players in Sri Lanka and over 100 rugby clubs.
Apparently there are two local competitions called "Caltex League".

If you have any more information about rugby in Sri Lanka please post it here.


Caltex League (now named Dialog League) is professional
Players from NZ, Japan, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga are playing in this championship

One of these player is Jeff Makapelu, a former Bucharest Wolves and Timisoara player.

Notable names : Hale T-Pole, Alisi Tupuailai, Lolo Lui, Viliami Hakalo, Daniel Faleafa, Fa'atuno Fili, David Halaifonua, Uale Mai.
I don't know if Niva Ta'auso still plays in this championship

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Wed, 30 Apr 2014, 05:56

beber wrote:
iul wrote:According to wiki there are over 120k rugby players in Sri Lanka and over 100 rugby clubs.
Apparently there are two local competitions called "Caltex League".

If you have any more information about rugby in Sri Lanka please post it here.


Caltex League (now named Dialog League) is professional
Players from NZ, Japan, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga are playing in this championship

One of these player is Jeff Makapelu, a former Bucharest Wolves and Timisoara player.

Notable names : Hale T-Pole, Alisi Tupuailai, Lolo Lui, Viliami Hakalo, Daniel Faleafa, Fa'atuno Fili, David Halaifonua, Uale Mai.
I don't know if Niva Ta'auso still plays in this championship


Not sure if any Japanese players have played in the league over the years but certainly a lot of Pacific islanders, Kiwi's, a few Welsh and English have

The annual Carlton International sevens on the other hand draws the cream of top ranked 7's players from across the board including the likes of DJ Forbes, Julian Savea, Setefano Cakau etc.. It's a franchise based tournament played in two legs

https://www.facebook.com/carltonrugby7

Also the newly inaugurated Serendip Cup a competition for emerging nations across the regions of Asia,Africa and Europe.. Last year Madagascar won the trophy over Sri Lanka and Poland, This year they hope to extend it to four nations that will include South America

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serendib_International_Cup

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby YamahaKiwi » Thu, 01 May 2014, 07:28

Thanks Gibbs. Yes the Serendib Cup raised a lot of interest last year for T2-3 rugby fans with the diversity of the three participating teams. Hopefully it'll be back this year as apart from the now defunct Emirates nations Cup in Dubai, it's the only stage for intercontinental Tier 3 action.

So this is where Tupuailei pitched up after Japan!

Unfortunately one of the things that's really held SL rugby back seems to have been that politics is always involved that has seen the union almost suspended in recent times by the IRB and some players withold themselves from national team availability/banned by the SLRFU, greatly affecting national team preparation for NT XVs games, such as the last time SL played in the A5N. having said that the domestic game is probably the most popular in Asia after Japan and is able to get good sponsorship and media attention comparatively in the Asian region. Schoolboy rugby seems huge (a bonus and negative as it sometimes overshadows senior rugby, like uni rugby in Japan). Anyway if the politics could be taken out of the game there it could progress even more. Whether that will ever happen...

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Thu, 01 May 2014, 09:20

YamahaKiwi wrote:Thanks Gibbs. Yes the Serendib Cup raised a lot of interest last year for T2-3 rugby fans with the diversity of the three participating teams. Hopefully it'll be back this year as apart from the now defunct Emirates nations Cup in Dubai, it's the only stage for intercontinental Tier 3 action.

So this is where Tupuailei pitched up after Japan!

Unfortunately one of the things that's really held SL rugby back seems to have been that politics is always involved that has seen the union almost suspended in recent times by the IRB and some players withold themselves from national team availability/banned by the SLRFU, greatly affecting national team preparation for NT XVs games, such as the last time SL played in the A5N. having said that the domestic game is probably the most popular in Asia after Japan and is able to get good sponsorship and media attention comparatively in the Asian region. Schoolboy rugby seems huge (a bonus and negative as it sometimes overshadows senior rugby, like uni rugby in Japan). Anyway if the politics could be taken out of the game there it could progress even more. Whether that will ever happen...


Sadly politicization is prevalent in all aspects of Sri lankan society not just Rugby.. It's one of those things of being a third world post colonial republic.. got to make the best out of it till the the country matures

Yep school rugby is massive in the island.. a league game would attract close to 3000 spectators and high profile game like the Bradby Shield http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradby_Shield_Encounter.. Up to 20,000.. Also there is much more sponsorship money involved in the school game, Much more than even for club rugby.. A very strong base in School cricket made Sri Lanka a side to be reckon with in world cricket, whether this makes true for Rugby remains to be seen

Lot of people dont realize as far as domestic sports go Rugby is the most popular.. Cricket is followed only when the national team plays internationals
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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Thu, 01 May 2014, 09:26

Hmmm.. Looks like Korea will be the only remaining Asian nation that plays with a truly native side.. Sri Lanka have given in finally after years of trying to punch above the weight.. If you cant beat em',Join em' as they say

Sri Lanka attempt ‘Fijian fix’ for Hong Kong clash

Coach Leigh Jones unfazed by move after naming strong starting line-up for Colombo encounter

Alvin Sallay in Colombo
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Hong Kong could run into a wall of Fijians with Sri Lanka making hasty plans to field three Pacific islanders for their Asian Five Nations clash on Saturday.

It is understood the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) is trying to fast-track passports for a forward and two backs.

Sri Lanka are captained by Namal Rajapaksa, whose father is president of the South Asian country.

If I thought [the changes] would compromise our performance I wouldn’t have gone for it LEIGH JONES
While there was opposition in the past to Sri Lanka fielding foreign-born players, it is understood the policy has been shelved as they attempt to improve their international standing - currently 39th compared with Hong Kong's 26th.

"Attempts are being made to get them passports. Two of the Fijians are very keen to play for Sri Lanka, but there is a small issue with the third and management is trying to resolve that now," said a source close to the SLRFU.

The presence of Fijians could transform Sri Lanka on the field at sevens, but in 15s Hong Kong are unlikely to be troubled, and head coach Leigh Jones named a strong starting line-up.


Tom Bolland will be among the new faces in the starting XV for Hong Kong in Colombo on Saturday. Photo: David Wong

There are four changes in the pack from the Philippines game last Saturday, with blindside flanker Nick Hewson, hooker Tom Bolland, tighthead James Cooper and lock Jack Delaforce coming in.

In the backs, scrum-half Jamie Hood will replace Kenneth Hsieh, who is not part of the 23-man squad who leave Thursday night for Colombo. Tom McQueen returns from injury and will man the right wing, taking over from Salom Yiu Kam-shing, while former captain Tom McColl will start at full-back, replacing Alex McQueen.

"The competition for places is strong leading up to the final two games and I wanted to give everyone a fair shout to put their hands up for the Korea game and for Japan," Jones said.

"The competition in the squad is really healthy and I think it is adding a positive dynamic, hence the changes. If I thought they would compromise our performance I wouldn't have gone for it, but I don't think it will."


http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/fifteen ... kong-clash

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby iul » Thu, 01 May 2014, 09:29

@gibbs
can you please do THIS for Sri Lankan rugby?

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Thu, 01 May 2014, 09:34

iul wrote:@gibbs
can you please do THIS for Sri Lankan rugby?


Whoa!! That's a lot of questions mate.. I'd need a bit of time.. :)

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby iul » Thu, 01 May 2014, 09:43

gibbs wrote:
iul wrote:@gibbs
can you please do THIS for Sri Lankan rugby?


Whoa!! That's a lot of questions mate.. I'd need a bit of time.. :)

No problem. Do it whenever you have some time. You also don't need to do it all at once. You can start typing it and saving it as a draft instead of publishing. Then you edit the draft and add more content and save it again and so on until you're done.
I think everyone in this community would really appreciate it.
Thanks.

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Thu, 01 May 2014, 10:46

iul wrote:
gibbs wrote:
iul wrote:@gibbs
can you please do THIS for Sri Lankan rugby?


Whoa!! That's a lot of questions mate.. I'd need a bit of time.. :)

No problem. Do it whenever you have some time. You also don't need to do it all at once. You can start typing it and saving it as a draft instead of publishing. Then you edit the draft and add more content and save it again and so on until you're done.
I think everyone in this community would really appreciate it.
Thanks.


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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Sat, 10 May 2014, 05:33

For any body who is interested in SL domestic school rugby.. The 70th Bradby Shield and the 120th Royal collage vs Trinity collage encounter.. Considered the blue ribband of school Rugby in SL.. Spectators up to 40,000+ are expected for both legs first played in Colombo today and the next in Kandy on the 24th of May.. Last years game was officiated by Jonathan Kaplan of Saffa fame and was witnessed by the IRB chief Bernard Lapasset himself

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradby_Shield_Encounter




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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Fri, 15 Aug 2014, 08:30

Ceylon team, 2nd Asian Rugby Football Tournament, Bangkok ~ 1970

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Hadji Omar(Capt), Mike de Alwis, Tyrone Holdenbottle, Rohan Abeysundara, Kamala Ratnapala, Bumpy Jayasekera, Keith Paul, Gamini Udugama, S.P. de Silva, Glen Vanlangenberg, Omar Sheriff, Sari de Silva, Dr.Tony de Silva, N.P.Amaradsa, Abdul Majeed, Jeff Ratnam, Dan Ratnam, John Burrows.

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2013/03/3 ... siad-1970/

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Fri, 15 Aug 2014, 08:38

Playing all Ceylon Teams were a regular occurrence pre 1970's for Lion's, All Black's and the Wallabies as stop over warm up's in Colombo to and fro to Europe

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby Rowan » Fri, 15 Aug 2014, 09:41

I don't think there were many internationals involving Ceylon against touring teams, were there? In 1950 Ceylon faced a Lions XV (which was obviously the Lions on their way to NZ but perhaps not at full strength). But wasn't that a one-off? Ceylon also played both NSW (the Wallabies in all but name) & NZ Maori back in the 20s, NZ Colts a couple of times in the 50s, and an England XV twice in 1971. That's about all I can dig up, and in every single one of these matches they were soundly thrashed (taking into account the scoring values and playing conditions of the time). No disrespect intended, just keeping it in perspective.
If they're good enough to play at World Cups, then why not in between?

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Fri, 15 Aug 2014, 10:08

Rowan wrote:I don't think there were many internationals involving Ceylon against touring teams, were there? In 1950 Ceylon faced a Lions XV (which was obviously the Lions on their way to NZ but perhaps not at full strength). But wasn't that a one-off? Ceylon also played both NSW (the Wallabies in all but name) & NZ Maori back in the 20s, NZ Colts a couple of times in the 50s, and an England XV twice in 1971. That's about all I can dig up, and in every single one of these matches they were soundly thrashed (taking into account the scoring values and playing conditions of the time). No disrespect intended, just keeping it in perspective.


Hence why it's mentioned as warm up matches for those tours.. There was only one official Test against the British Lions but teams did play unofficial warm up matches quite regularly in Ceylon.. Before passenger flights the mode of travel was by ship and Colombo was a vital stopover for many of those teams.. So many of those matches played in Colombo and Hatton are off official records

The 1950 Lions tour was an official match and played with the full strength British team.. Ceylon rightly got thrashed.. Sri Lanka unlike most Asian nations did not depend heavily on European expats.. So they always found it tougher up front with much bigger opponents

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby Rowan » Fri, 15 Aug 2014, 13:58

Thanks for the info, Gibbs. Really quite interesting. Do you have any other results from British visits to the island? I was only able to find the Lions result of 1950 and the England XV results of 71. Meanwhile, it's an interesting point you made about size. Wouldn't Sri Linka be destined to suffer from the same sort of disadvantages as Japan has, size-wise? Not that this should be a deterrent from playing the game, of course. Just interested in your view on that issue...
If they're good enough to play at World Cups, then why not in between?

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Sat, 16 Aug 2014, 06:46

Rowan wrote:Thanks for the info, Gibbs. Really quite interesting. Do you have any other results from British visits to the island? I was only able to find the Lions result of 1950 and the England XV results of 71. Meanwhile, it's an interesting point you made about size. Wouldn't Sri Linka be destined to suffer from the same sort of disadvantages as Japan has, size-wise? Not that this should be a deterrent from playing the game, of course. Just interested in your view on that issue...


No worries Rowan.. Let me try and dig up those records.. Well size is a deterrent in Union but at 7's i think we can punch above the waist.. provided a fully professional side and coaching.. Kenya did it so no reason why we cant.. The Rugby culture and player numbers are there.. So it's just a case of implementing.. Also overall sport development suffered greatly in the country due to the debilitating 30 years of civil war except in Cricket maybe.. It's been just 5 years since it ended so will take a bit of time to get things going and find new talent country wide and especially untapped talent in the former conflict zones

And i think after decades of contemplating the SLRFU have finally decided to use IRB player eligibility rules to include foreign born players.. We may well see 3 or 4 Fijian origin players donning the national jersey in next years A5N.. They finally realized we cannot progress further even in Asia when sides like HK (traditionally) and even new comers like Philippines play exclusively with foreign born players with high quality experience in top tire nations

So that leaves South Korea as the only Asian rugby nation to carry a fully indigenous player base

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Thu, 13 Nov 2014, 06:11

Kenya Sevens star Oscar Ouma latest big name to turn back on Rugby Sevens and head to Sri Lanka for Super League

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Following weeks of speculation where the rugby sevens world has seen a large number Fijian 7s stars leave the Pacific Islands and head to Sri Lanka to play in the Super League it is now the turn of Kenya to lose one of their most influential players to the lure of financial gain in Asia.

Kandy Sports Club's third import touches down today from Kenya. Oscar A. Ouma born March 3, 1989 plays back-row forward for Top Fry Nakuru Rugby Football Club. He is better known in his nickname "Big Wheels" and of course for his exploits on the HSBC World Sevens Series.


Oscar Ouma is a powerful loose-forward, punishing in defence, fleeted footed and deceptive in offence. After debuting for the Kenya under 20 team at the 2009 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Nairobi, Ouma really exploded onto the scene at the 2009 National Sevens Circuit, when playing on the wing, he led his club side Nakuru RFC to an overall third place finish. He has since broken into the Kenya Sevens team, playing as a forward and is well known for his winning score against New Zealand in Wellington in 2013.

Whether playing sevens or fifteens, Ouma is a joy to watch and it will be interesting to see what he can offer as he runs out in the Sri Lanka League tournament for Kandy sports Club. He will come in for the Havelock Sports Club game

There has been much discussion on the value of players heading out to Sri Lanka with regards to their rugby development but the finances are hard to turn down for players from Kenya and Fiji alike and it cannot be denied that there are now a number of world class rugby players plying their trade in league.

Who will be the next player to turn their back on the World Series and head out to pastures new? Let us know your thoughts on Oscar Ouma decision to leave Kenya to play in Sri Lanka below....

- See more at: http://ur7s.com/news/kenya-sevens-star- ... N6fA2.dpuf

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby HishSingalaxana » Thu, 13 Nov 2014, 10:57

Lots of foreign players have been playing in sri lanka's Dialog Rugby League.. sponsors are pumping in lots of money to bring down quality players to clubs.. Robbie Malneek (Tasman Makos), Billy Rohipa (Hawkes Bay Magpies), Doug Edwards (Bay of Plenty), Fiji 7s stars.. Joeli Lutumailagi, Setefano Cakau, Pio Tuwai are just a few noteworthy names who are plying their trade here...

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Tue, 20 Jan 2015, 07:48

Why ousting of Sri Lanka’s president spells bad news for rugby in the country

We are lucky in Hong Kong to have a proper organisational structure, unlike some of our rivals where the future of sport depends on the whim of powerful individuals


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Sri Lanka in action at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: SCMP

It has been a momentous last few days in Sri Lanka, what with a change in regime, the arrival of the Pope and the start of the rugby season.

Bear with me while I explain what all this has to do with Hong Kong rugby.

The Pope, not much – but he does come from Italian stock and was raised in Argentina, two countries who will be at the World Cup this year.

Hong Kong and Sri Lanka both have great ambitions of reaching the tournament, even if they won’t be able to count on the backing of His Holiness should they do so.

The president’s three sons have all represented Sri Lanka – some say thanks to their father’s influence – and their presence boosted interest in the game
If I were to bet who’ll get there first, it would be Hong Kong, as rugby in the city has a solid foundation, a superb administration and a structure which is the envy of Asia (barring Japan).

Last week the island nation I call home went through a huge political shift when incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa lost his grip on power after calling for elections two years before his second tenure was up.

Corruption, nepotism and cronyism were all charges thrown at the Rajapaksa family and his removal from the presidency has brought fresh hope to the nation.

But he did have at least one good point – he was a rugby fan. His three sons have all represented the country – some say thanks to their father’s influence – and their presence boosted interest in the game, especially from corporate backers keen to get in the good books of the ruling family.

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Dumped Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Photo: AP

Eldest son Namal was the force behind the Carlton Sevens which for the last couple of years has been paying huge sums of money to attract the world’s best talent – from New Zealander DJ Forbes to Fijian Pio Tuwai – for a two-week carnival of rugby.

The event has boosted the game in Sri Lanka, with many of the clubs going on to hire New Zealanders, South Africans, Fijians to play in the domestic competition.

But the entire organisational structure was fragile. It depended on Namal, also a member of parliament and groomed to take over from his dad.

Now that Pa has been swept out of office amid stories of millions of dollars made from corrupt deals funneled to secret bank accounts in the Seychelles, there are fears that rugby will take a huge hit.

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The Pope at the Hong Kong Sevens with some of his lady friends. Photo: SCMP

Will the private sector support it now that they don’t have to pay homage to powerful political figures? Already second son Yoshitha Rajapaksa has turned in his commission from the Navy where he used to be an officer and a rugby player. And there are doubts that third son Rohitha will continue playing for the Army.

Thankfully, this is not the case in Hong Kong. We may have a new chairman and new office-bearers, but the game will go on.

The Hong Kong Sevens will go on no matter who is in the chair. Sadly this might not be the case in Sri Lanka where rugby is controlled by factions leading to ebb and flow, depending on who is in power.

Hong Kong might have its little power struggles, but overall, the independence of the game is guaranteed. Long may that last.

http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article ... l#comments

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Mon, 11 May 2015, 15:22

Division 1 title win hands Sri Lanka rankings boost

Two wins in a week have resulted in a significant gain for Sri Lanka in the rankings, while other big winners are the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Luxembourg.

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Sri Lanka are the biggest climbers in the latest World Rugby Rankings after moving up nine places from 47th to 38th in the world to equal their highest ever position since the rankings were introduced in October 2003.

The newly-crowned Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 champions earned 2.84 rating points after they overcame Kazakhstan in midweek before going to beat host nation the Philippines 27-14 in Saturday’s final.

The Philippines drew first blood in Manila when Alex Aronson kicked them into an early 3-0 lead, but Sri Lanka hit back with a three-try blitz, captain and fly-half Fazil Marija leading from the front with a fine individual effort.

Centre Danushka Ranjan was next to get in on the act after he fended off two would-be tacklers to score his third try of the tournament. Midfield partner Kanchana Ramanayake then added another after being put away by Ranjan. Riza Mubarak failed to convert any of the tries but was on target with two penalties as Sri Lanka kept in control of the scoreboard.

The Philippines had seen two ‘tries’ chalked off for infringements before Jeff Gregson finally scored their first and only legitimate try with two seconds of the half remaining to cut the gap to 13 points.

Defences were on top in the second half and no further tries were scored, each side kicking two penalties apiece for a final scoreline of 27-14 in Sri Lanka’s favour.

WELL BALANCED

"The loss is a bitter one at the moment but I’m really pleased with the effort the guys have put in. I thought that today we really put it all together in the second half, particularly in our attack, but our defence was wanting and we took some wrong options on the pitch,” said Philippines coach Stuart Woodhouse.

“It’s disappointing of course but I think the loss will be good for Philippines rugby in the long-run. We are still learning and developing as a team and the guys will go back and review what we did right and what we didn’t, so I am sure we will come back stronger. It is a good division, the teams are really balanced and all have different styles. So now we can prepare ahead for next year and come back stronger,” Woodhouse added.

Afterwards, Nalin de Silva, Secretary of Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union, revealed how a pep talk from Sri Lankan cricket legend Mahela Jayawardene had inspired the Tuskers to victory.

"This is fairly young team with seven debutants appearing in the squad and we had to prepare them mentally and physically,” de Silva said. “We (the SLFRU) had a few programmes to make players mentally tough. Former cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene shared his experience with the players on playing sport at the highest level.”

With the win Sri Lanka have a chance to move up to the top tier of Asian rugby next year if they choose to challenge the bottom-placed team at the conclusion of the Asian Rugby Championship. If held, that match would take place in the home nation of the third-place finisher in the Top 3 on 6 June. Starting in 2016, there will be a mandatory promotion and relegation play-off match.

KAZAKHSTAN FINISH THIRD

In the third place play-off played prior to the Division 1 final, Kazakhstan beat Singapore 32-12 after outscoring their opponents five tries to two.

Kazakhstan slip one place to 42nd in the World Rugby Rankings as their earlier defeat to Sri Lanka was factored into the calculations while Singapore are now ranked 59th after a four-place fall

http://www.worldrugby.org/news/70630

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Wed, 12 Aug 2015, 08:18

Sri Lankan rugby star’s body exhumed as murder probe rocks election campaign

Wasim Thajudeen was originally said to have died in a car accident, but Sri Lankan investigators now claim he was tortured and murdered by former president’s security team



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... paign.html

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Re: Rugby in Sri Lanka

Postby gibbs » Thu, 13 Aug 2015, 04:34

Ser Podrick of Payne wrote:
Sri Lankan rugby star’s body exhumed as murder probe rocks election campaign

Wasim Thajudeen was originally said to have died in a car accident, but Sri Lankan investigators now claim he was tortured and murdered by former president’s security team



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... paign.html


Just the tip of the iceberg, of the crimes that were pushed under the carpet during the previous regime.. Thajudeen was considered a prodigious talent a 6'3 Center.

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Although SL Rugby benefited financially because of state patronage simply because the 3 sons of the ex president got to don the national jersey, The older two on merit, The youngest on nothing but nepotism was a bloody joke.. http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article ... l#comments

Oh well that's third world politics and sports for you, One major reason why Rugby and other sports as well wont develop beyond a certain level in these countries, Not because of short of talent

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