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Qualifier Exposes Lacks; SLRFU Has To Take A Call

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 [...]

Boxing’s Troubles Deepen

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BOXING fans don’t have to guess that all hasn’t been well with the sport’s administration lately. They smell it, they know it. The three-year denial of their solitary refreshment of international competition, an annual ABA-hosted dual with different nations since 2004, conveys the message that the sport’s health isn’t too good – much in the [...]

Crown Sits Nicely On Kandy

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LET’S first be clear on this: not good fortune or god played a part in Kandy SC taking the League championship this season – full stop. In the critical encounter against no.2 Havelock SC last weekend, the defending champions came away much the better team, superiority over rival title-contenders as emphatic as the final score-line: [...]

The Night Of The Underdog?

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HEART and head will hold two different views on how this League season’s most critical encounter might end tonight. It is one of sport’s truisms that everybody loves an underdog; so hearts will say the lesser-fancied Havelock SC would overcome many-times champions, Kandy SC. But heads, dictated by facts and averse to emotions, will say [...]

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