World C’shipPresence And Five Wins Promise New Era

LET the final outcome be told first: none of Sri Lanka’s ten boxers managed a medal at last week’s 28-nation Asian Elite Championships, in Tashkent – and there’s nothing uncommon about that. In fact, no boxer since 1967, when the event went by the name of Asian Boxing Championships, has emulated the deeds of H [...]

Sevens Or 15s: Five Top Players Want Both; Whither SLRFU’s Medal Plan AS at last count, Wednesday, seven of the 12-man squad who were on national Sevens duty at last month’s World Series Qualifier in Hong Kong have opted out of selections to next week’s Div.1 Asian Fifteens Championships, in Malaysia. Among the seven who’ve [...]

Dian Gives Notice Of Aims; His Boxers Win In Paris

NOT until May 9, when the AGM is done and completed, will Dian Gomes be able to officially take control of the ABA. But characteristically, the man can’t wait till the day of the AGM to get started. A Special General Meeting of the ABA on March 22 had nominated him as next president – [...]

Qualifier Exposes Lacks; SLRFU Has To Take A Call

LOSSES in all three Group matches andresultantly,the team’s reduction to mere tourists for all but some 10 minutes of day 2, hardly encouragesany flattering description of Sri Lanka’s recent World Series Qualifier campaign, in Hong Kong. Rather, a one-word description springs easier to mind: abject. Disappointing as our performance was, there’s no reason,though, to gnash [...]

In Chasing 7s Medal, Don’t Lose Way To 15s Goal

THE 1976-inaugurated Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, the 42nd edition of which kicks off Friday, is unquestionably the reason why the abbreviated game enjoys the global appeal it does today. What in its early years resembled more an invitational inter-club fun event than a serious international tournament, the eventhas now acquired an unrecognizable proportion of grandeur. [...]

BORNEO 7s: A Lesson To Learn From The Women

TO compliment the Sri Lankan women’s historic Cup success at the Borneo Rugby Sevens last week, it would’ve been nice had our men too something to show from Borneo. As it transpired however, Danushka Ranjan’s men came back empty handed – banished from the top-tier Cup event at the quarterfinal stage, Sri Lanka conceded the [...]

Sevens vs 15s: SLRFU Make First Move To Separate The Players

SIGNING up New Zealander Peter Woods as National Sevens coach for a two-year period and SLRFU’s request to selectors to name a “permanent’’ national Sevens squad suggests that the first move towards segregating specialist Sevens players from the Fifteens lot might have been made. Said Michael Jayasekera, chief of selectors: “Yes, I can confirm that [...]

At Sixes And Sevens At Asian 15s?

MINDFUL of the cardinal rule that national duty supersedes club interest, the SLRFU’s decision to advance the end of the last inter-club season by one month won acceptance with scarcely a murmur of protest heard. However, it now appears the SLRFU might well come to regret their decision – reasons for which we’ll take up [...]

A Tale Of Two Halves

OF the many reasons why Kandy Sports Club was predestined to win the Knockout final against Havelock SC, at Nitawella last weekend, none was more persuasive than their numerical superiority in tries scored in the two League meetings v. the rivals: Six tries to three in the first encounter at Nitawella; four to one in [...]

Season End Comes All Too Soon

THE 2016-17 rugby season draws to a close today; and whilst you might want to mull over ways on how to spend the empty weekend-evenings ahead, it is understandable if you’re overcome by a feeling that, as far this season is concerned, the plate, metaphorically, has been taken away with the meal yet unfinished. To [...]

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