School Rugby League kicks off
The Singer Schools Rugby League 2012, organized by the Sri Lanka
Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) in collaboration with the
Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) and sponsored by Singer Sri Lanka
was officially launched at the Colombo Galadari hotel yesterday. The
tournament which features age category under -20 rugby skills of over 75
schools will kick off in three segments as usual , division one, two and
three with nearly 300 matches.
The league will start on April 18 and will continue till June 25.
There will be 30 teams vying in three groups in division one while
the same number of groups will include 24 schools in division two. In
division three 36 teams have lined up in six groups.
The 2012 schools rugby season will give opportunity for those in
division two and three to upgrade to the higher division depending on
Organizers said that 10 fresher schools will be given the opportunity
to play two matches each in order to be competent with those experienced
Speaking at the occasion SLSRFA president Ranjith Chandrasekara
emphasized that the aim of SLSRFA is to give priority to education of
the school players while encouraging them to take part in the game as an
extra curricular activity.
He also said that it is vital to form a good educational background
while taking up rugby as a sport since their future totally depends on
the educational qualifications they gain as a student thus playing rugby
will be an added advantage in their future careers.
It was highlighted by the SLSRFA the fact that reducing playing time
to 70 minutes instead of 80 minutes purely for the benefit of the school
Commenting on the suggestion SLRFU vice president Lasitha Gunaratne
said that the game is played according to SLRFU and IRB regulations in
line with the sports act of Sri Lanka which clearly indicate the
standards and procedures to conduct the game of rugby in Sri Lanka.
A girls' under 20 rugby tournament will also be conducted after this
series, said the organizers. The award ceremony for the two events will
take place at the end of thisyear.
Lasitha Guaratne speaking further added that there will be Japanese
rugby veteran to train schools rugby coaches for a period of three
months starting from May and the training will be provided totally free.
There will be random doping tests for school players with the help of
Sports Medicine Unit, during the series the SLSRFU revealed.