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Stage set for Asian Five Nations Rugby in SL

The HSBC Asian Five Nations (A5N) Rugby Tournament, representing the highest level of international rugby in Asia, is scheduled to kick off the division one tournament in Sri Lanka from March 31 at the Havelock Park.

March 31(Sunday)- Kazakhstan Vs Thailand - 2.00 PM, Sri Lanka Vs Chinese Taipei - 4.00 PM

April 3(Wednesday)- Kazakhstan Vs Chinese Taipei- 2.00 PM, Sri Lanka Vs Thailand - 4.00 PM

April 6(Saturday)- Thailand Vs Chinese Taipei - 2.00 PM, Sri Lanka Vs Kazakhstan - 4.00 PM

HSBC CEO Nick Nicklaou handing over a rugby ball to SLRFU President Asanga Seneviratne as a gesture of delivering their sponsorship for the Asian Five Nations tournament during a press-briefing at the Galadari Hotel yesterday. SLRFU Secretary Rizly Illyas (left extreme) and Dialog Axiata PLC Senior Group Marketing Manager Rizvi Farook (right extreme) are also in the picture. Picture by Ruwan de Silva

Sri Lanka along with the other division one Countries; Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Kazakhastan will battle it out to enter into the final round for the prestigious HSBC A5N title. The matches will be played on March 31, April 3 and 6.

The Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) President Asanga Seneviratne stated that they are pround to hold this tournament.ÓEarlier there were eight nations in the tournament and dramatically it came down to five. I would like to thank HSBC for all the support they have given so far. Now the club matches are attracting a big crowd with the support of Dialog Axiata PLC and Sri Lanka Rugby is reaching greater heights” .The SLRFU has made arrangements to bring school children to watch the three days of rugby and students will be given free tickets to watch the matches.

The Chief Executive Officer for HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives Nick Nicolaou stated “ HSBC is sponsoring many rugby tournaments around the world. Asia is the largest rugby playing continent in the world. We believe this will create a great opportunity for talented players to compete against the best in the Asian region and showcase their capabilities”.

Speaking at the occassion Dialog Axiata PLC Senior Group Marketing Manager Rizvi Farook said that they are happy to foster an international turnament of this magnitude.

“Not only rugby, but also we have been sponsoring volleyball, school big matches and sports for the disabled people.

Within six months we were able to bring rugby to the right track and looking forward to promote rugby with SLRFU,” he furrther said.



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