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DateLine Sunday, 11 May 2008





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SLRFU to invite Youth Team from Hong Kong, Malaysia or Thailand

RUGBY: The Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) will invite an Under-20 national side from either Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia for two games during September or October in preparation for the country's participation for the Junior Asiad (Under-20) to be staged in December in South Korea.

This was one of the decisions reached at a discussion regarding matters that need urgent attention for the improvement of the standards of schools rugby which needs assistance from the SLRFU.

This was at the request of the SLRFU President DIG Nimal Lewke and Dr. K. A. D. Punyadasa of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA).

It was also proposed that the SLRFU and SLSRFA jointly organise an Inter-Provincial tournament as a trial to pick the junior national pool for the Junior Asiad and a joint committee is to be appointed to organise the tournament and for the SLRFU to appoint a coach and manager for each Provincial Union.

A development pool at under-16 level is also to be picked and for them to compete in youth tournaments and for the SLRFU to try and arrange a tour of these youngsters.

The SLSRFA requested invitations be given to the Selection Committee to witness matches and select a pool from all over the country, who can later play for a club of their own choice.

The SLSRFA also raised the issue of exorbitant ground hiring charges by certain clubs and requested the intervention in this matter as some schools cannot afford to pay such high charges.

They (the SLSRFA) also requested the SLRFU to assist the schools body to settle the travelling charges of referees as they (the SLSRFA) faces financial constraints.

International 7's in Kandy?

The Secretary of Kandy Sports Club, Iswan Omar, who is also the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Singer-SriLankan Airlines International 7's, referring to the article in the 'Sunday Observer' of May 4, states that this tournament will be staged at Nittawela in September and that the statements made by SLRFU President DIG Nimal Lewke and its CEO, Dilroy Fernando, is confusing.

When the 'Sunday observer' spoke both to DIG Lewke and Fernando, they said that they stand by the statements they had made.

Lewke said no final decision has been taken by the sponsors on the venue, while Fernando said that no proper breakdown of monies spend by Kandy SC has been given to the SLRFU.


Gamin Gamata - Presidential Community & Welfare Service
Ceylinco Banyan Villas

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