Sri Lanka national rugby union team

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Sri Lanka
SLRFU Logo.png
Union Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) The brave Elephants
Tuskers[1]
Coach(es) Sri Lanka Leonard de Zilwa
Captain(s) Namal Rajapaksa
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 All Ceylon 6–33 New Zealand 
(12 September 1907)
Largest win
 Malaysia 3–77 Sri Lanka 
(7 November 2007)
Largest defeat
 Japan 129–6 Sri Lanka 
(8 October 2002)
World Cup
Appearances 0

The Sri Lanka National Rugby Union Team represents Sri Lanka in international rugby union competitions. Sri Lanka have yet to make their debut at the Rugby World Cup. They have the longest tradition of organised club rugby in Asia, dating back to 1879, which was just 8 years after the founding of the world’s first rugby union in England.[2] They regularly compete in the Asian Five Nations tournament and are currently in Division I. In the 2010 tournament, they made it to the finals beating Chinese Taipei 37 to 7.

History[edit]

Introduction of rugby to Sri Lanka[edit]

Sri Lanka Rugby has a long history, dating back to the days of British colonialism. The first party to introduce Rugby to Sri Lanka is Kingswood College in Kandy, with the first club, Colombo Football Club, being established in 28 June 1879.[3]

International competition begins[edit]

The nation's first "national" match was on 12 September 1907 and involved an All Ceylon team against the professional All Blacks (the New Zealand rugby league team) under rugby union rules on their 1907–1908 New Zealand rugby tour of Australia and Great Britain.[4] The professional All Blacks won the match 33-6.[5] The Ceylon Rugby Football Union was founded 10 August 1908. In 1974 it changed its name to the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union.[3]

20th century[edit]

In 1932 the Ceylon RFU XV won the All India Cup at all India Rugby Football Tournament

Both the 1930 and the 1950 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia played unofficial matches in Ceylon on their way home.[6]

Mahesh Rodrigo, better known as an international cricketer, also captained the national team.

World Cup qualifying[edit]

1995 World Cup[edit]

1995 was the first time Sri Lanka entered into a World Cup qualifying tournament. Sri Lanka was in Group A along with Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia. They lost all three games scoring an aggregate of 30 against 155. Japan went on to qualify for the World cup.

1999 World Cup[edit]

Sri Lanka participated in the 1999 Rugby World Cup qualifying and was in Round 1 with Thailand and Singapore. In the opening round, Sri Lanka won both games to qualify through to the second round. The next round was tough for Sri Lanka and it didn't go well with a lost to Chinese Taipei ending the hopes for the World Cup after defeating Malaysia earlier.

New millennium[edit]

The furthest they have made was to Round 2 of the Asian qualifying competition for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. The Sri Lanka rugby team performed above expectations during the qualifying campaign for the world cup, and saw its world ranking improve from 68th place to 43rd place, and its Asian ranking improve to fifth place.[7]

World Cup qualifying[edit]

2003 World Cup[edit]
2007 World Cup[edit]

2010s[edit]

Asian Five Nations and World Cup qualifying[edit]

Main article: Asian Five Nations
2008 - 2010[edit]

Sri Lanka won Division One of the 2010 tournament beating Singapore (23-16), thereby winning promotion to the 2011 Asian Five Nations Top Five.

Asian Division 1

2011 - 2014[edit]

Home grounds[edit]

  • CR & FC GroundsColombo 7
  • CH & FC Grounds – Colombo 7
  • Police Grounds – Colombo 5
  • Army Grounds – Galle Face
  • Nittawela Grounds – Kandy
  • Air Force Grounds – Ratmalana
  • Navy Grounds – Welisara
  • Havelocks Grounds – Havelock Town
  • Maligawa Grounds - Kurunegala
  • Bogambara Stadium - Kandy
  • Peoples' Park - Anuradhapura
  • Slim Line Grounds — Pannala
  • Vincent Dias Stadium - Badulla
  • Army Grounds — Anuradhapura

Main Home Ground[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Backs
Player
Position Club
Roshan Weeraratne Scrum-half Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Srinath Sooriyabandara Scrum-half Up Country Lions SC
Rehan Weerakoon Fly-half Navy SC
Ashan de Costa Fly-half Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club
Fazil Marija Fly-half Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Chamara Vithanage Centre Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Pradeep Liyanage(CAP) Centre Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Chula Susantha Centre Navy
Gayan Weeraratne Centre Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Chamara Dabare Wing Havelock Sports Club
V S Handapangoda Wing Army
Vishvamithra Jayasinghe Wing Up Country Lions SC
Nuwan Hettiarachchi Wing Navy
Rizah Mubarak Fullback Navy SC
Thilina Wijesinghe Fullback Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Saliya Kumara Fullback Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Forwards
Player
Position Club
Namal Rajapaksa Hooker Navy SC
Anuranga Walpola Hooker Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Kishore Jehan Prop Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Henry Terrence Prop Havelock Sports Club
Ishan Noor Lock Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club
Dinesh Sanjeewa Lock CH and FC
Senaka Bandara Lock Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Zaffer Jahn Lock Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
Danushka Perera Flanker CR and FC
Yoshitha Rajapaksa Flanker Navy SC
Dilip Selvam Flanker Up Country Lions SC
R.M.G. Ratnayake Flanker Army
Sharoo Fernando Flanker Up Country Lions SC
Sajith Saranga Number eight Up Country Lions SC

Officials[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Council Members[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

Assistant coaches

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sri Lanka Sports News". Sundayobserver.lk. 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b A 100 years of Unbroken Tradition!
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ Match Report
  6. ^ Thomas, Clem; updated by Thomas, Greg (2005). The History of The British and Irish Lions. Mainstream Books. pp. pp89–99. ISBN 1-84596-030-0. 
  7. ^ Sri Lanka to host Rugby Asiad in November this year
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union". Srilankarugby.com. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 

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