Thirty two member women’s pool for Asian Rugby Sevens
At the outset the selectors picked a pool of 40 and it was pruned down to 32. The players have checked in at the Sugathadasa Hotel last Sunday for a residential camp. The lasses will be under the guidance of head coach Saliya Kumara who will be ably assisted by Sujani Ratna.
The poolists will commence their training with all facilities provided by the Ministry of Sports, together with the support of Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR). As per SLR sources, Saliya Kumara has prepared the training schedule and included two trial games,after which the final 20 player squad will be selected for the said tour. These 32 players also underwent an antigen test, where all results were negative.
Meanwhile, the Men’s pool is to be selected soon after the invitational sevens tournament which is to be staged on the 30 and 31 October organized by the Tri Forces and Sri Lanka Police. A final squad of 20 will be picked to represent the sevens tournament which is organized by Asian Rugby for which the invitation has been received by SLR and obliged positively.
“I would like to thank the Sports Minister and the Sri Lanka Rugby giving an opportunity to restart the game in the country after a along lapse taking the game to the village. We completed the fitness test for the incumbent pool which was satisfactory. Now we are embarking on skills testing. said Saliya Kumara.
The women’s pool consist of- Anusha Attanayake – centre (CR), NimeshaWijewardana–prop (Army), Deneththi Dilini Kanchana – prop (Army), Nipuni Rasanjali – Flyhalf (Navy), Hashani Anutthara (CR), Shanika Dilani – hooker (Army),Gayani Geethika Randunu (Army), Gamage Umayangana Thathsarani – scrum half (Army), Charani Theekshana Liyanage – centre (Army), Anushika Thusari Samaraweera (Air Force), Madhushani Araliya – Prop (Southern Province), Kanchana Kumari Mahendran – prop (CR), Jeewanthi Thusitha Kumari – Hooker (Air Force), Sajeewani Perera (Air Force), Jayanthi Kumari Dilrukshi – Hooker (Navy), Krishnakumar Hekashini – wing (Navy), Ruwanthi Tharushika – wing (CR), Gnei Shafra Waffoor (CR), Shanika Madumali Aluthwalahewage – (Southern Province), Samantha Jayamali- (Navy), Gamage Danusha Dilhari Perera, Rammuni Sithari Nimthara, Jeewanthi Thusitha Kumari Gunawardena –(Air Force), Dilini Sachintha, Kasumi Parindya – (CR), Nirosha Nadeeshani Weerasinghe – (Air Force), .Niranjala Sarojani Wickramasinghe – (Air Force), Ruwanthika Priyadharshani – (Air Force), Shanika Priyadharshani Athauda – (Air Force), Nadeeka Dineshika Munasinghe – (Army), Polhewage Dilani Wing (Navy), Chaturika Dhananjani Fernando (Uva), Sachini Baggya Weerakkody (Uva), Dharshika Chaturani (Uva), Saumya Seuwandi (Uva), Waruni Indrapala (Uva), Thamadi Semini.