SL keen to defend title in Hong Kong

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Asian Youth Sevens Rugby Tourney


By Shamzeer Jaleel
The Sri Lanka Under-20 rugby outfit led by Naveen Henakankanamge will leave the Island today (1) in preparation for the Asian Youth Sevens Tournament which will be held on August 4 and 5 in Hong Kong.     

Sri Lanka will be hoping to defend their Asian Sevens title which they won under Kevin Dixon in the two-leg event which was held in 2016. 

In 2016, Sri Lanka won the Malaysian leg and ended as the second best team to Hong Kong but on aggregate they won the series. 
Speaking to , Sri Lanka Head Coach Sudath Sampath said: “I am very thankful to Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) for supporting me in the preparations for this tour. The side is well balanced with some of them having played ‘A’ Division rugby, Mercantile Sevens and Sri Lanka Super Sevens which is a very good exposure for them. We have another set of players who did really well at school level.” Sampath also said there are some players who have performed well at club rugby last season. “We had a good preparation and we will take game by game. We have the potential to defend the title once more. If we end round one on top then we can avoid Hong Kong and a date against South Korea in the semi-finals. This will give us a good preparation for the players.” 

Sampath who was a former star sevens player for Isipathana, Police SC and Kandy SC will once again look to defend the title which they won under his guidance last year in Hong Kong on aggregate.