Sri Lanka - strong contender for Asian Youth Rugby Title
“The Sri Lanka Under-20 team is a strong contender for the Asian
Youth Rugby Title along with Hong Kong and host nation South Korea,”
said Sri Lanka Junior Coach Sanath Martis on the eve of the team’s
departure to Seoul, South Korea for the tournament which will be worked
off from November 3 to 10, 2008.
He said that the Sri Lanka Under-20 team has been practising hard for
the last one month and have the services of nine players from last
year’s squad and will pose a strong challenge to defending champions
Hong Kong and hosts South Korea in the eight-nation championship.
Sri Lanka who have been drawn into Group ‘B’ will confront Singapore
in their first match on November 4 and two days later will take on the
winners of the Hong Kong-Chinese Taipei match with the final scheduled
for November 10. Host nation South Korea are in Group ‘A’ along with
Malaysia, Thailand and Kazakhstan.
Under the guidance of Martis the Sri Lanka youth team finished third
in last year’s Youth Rugby Asiad in Brunei by beating Thailand (12-6)
and losing to Hong Kong (0-6) before thrashing Malaysia (43-0) in the
third place play off.
Nine players from last year’s tournament have retained their places
in the youth rugby team - skipper Dinusha Chathuranga, Bilal Hassen,
Sajith Saranga, Ishan Noor, Poornaka Dalpachitra, Dilanka Gunatilleke,
Gayan Ratnage, Chanaka Peters and Harsha Weerakkody.
The Sri Lanka youth team: PROP FORWARDS: Shane Sammandaperuma
(Wesley), Dilanka Gunatilleke (Dharmaraja), M.R. Rizwan (Kingswood),
Ishan Noor (St. Peter’s).
HOOKERS - Bilal Hassen (Royal), Migara Madugalle (Isipatana and CH
LOCK FORWARDS: Kalana Amarasinghe (Royal), Hasthika Bandaranayake
(Royal), Migara Wijeratne (Vidyartha).
FLANKERS - Gayan Ratnage (Kingswood), Poornaka Delpachitra (St.
Peter’s), Sharo Fernando (St. Peter’s and Havelocks).
NUMBER EIGHT - Sajith Saranga (Isipatana and CH and FC).
SCRUM HALVES - Srinath Suriyabandara (Isipatana), Roshan Weeraratne (Kingswood).
FLY HALF - Niroshana Fernando (Isipatana).
CENTRES - Dinusha Chathuranga (Captain, Isipatana), Harsha Weerakkody
(St. Peter’s), Chanaka Peters (St. Joseph’s), Dilshan Paul (St.
WINGERS - Chanaka Gunaratne (St. Anthony’s, Kandy), Gerald Canute
(St. Peter’s), Vishwamithra Jayasinghe (Isipatana).
FULL BACK - Dilshan Devananda (St. Jospeh’s).
COACH - Sanath Martis
ASSISTANT COACH - Ananda Kasturiarachchi
MANAGER - Senarath Alwis