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Asian Rugby Sevens kicks off today

Sri Lanka face uphill task – take on China, Japan

The Sri Lanka men’s team
The Sri Lanka men’s team

Sri Lanka will have to overcome some tough obstacles in the first round when the Asian Rugby Sevens tournament kicks off at the Happy Valley Football Club stadium in Hong Kong today.

Sri Lanka captained by Srinath Sooriyabandara will take on China in their first match at 11.28am local time. China will field a strong side and Sri Lanka will have an uphill task against the strong Chinese side. Srinath will have to count on his young players as many experienced campaigners are not participating in the tournament.

Sri Lanka has to win at least two first round matches to enter tomorrow’s semi finals of the Shield Championship.

Lankans will face their second tough game on the same day against strong Japan at 2.46 pm local time. Victory in one of these two games will facilitate Sri Lanka to the semi-finals of the Shield Championship round.

Sri Lanka’s final first round match is against Chinese Taipei tomorrow. According to the statistics, Lankan side will have a clear upper-hand over the Taipei side.

Meanwhile Sri Lankan women’s squad led by Sandeepa Hemakumari will play their first match against Kazakstan at 10.00 am local time, today. They will play their second match against Singapore at 12.56 pm local time. The final first round match of the Lankan women’s team will be at 7.30 am tomorrow against China.

The top three teams of women’s Asian Rugby Sevens tournament will qualify for next year’s Hong Kong Sevens Qualifying Tournament. China has already qualified for the Hong Kong Sevens Qualifying Tournament 2019.

SRI LANKAN MEN’S SQUAD: Srinath Sooriyabandara (captain), Gayan Weeraratne, Danush Dayan (Kandy SC), Kavindu Perera, Riza Rafaideen, Kevin Dixon, Rehan Silva (CR), Naveen Henakankanamge, Sudam Sooriarachchi(CH), Buddhima Piyaratne, Adeesha Weeratunge (Navey SC), Dinuk Amarasinghe (Hevlock SC)

SRI LANKAN WOMEN’S SQUAD: Sandeepa Hemakumari (captain), Charani Liyanage, Anusha Attanayake, Thanuja Weerakkody, N. J. K. Dilrukshi, Sanju Wijethileka, Wasana Weerakkody, Ayesha Kaluarachchi, Shanika Madhumali, Ayesha Perera, Dulani Pallikondage, Randika Kumudumali.

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