Nigel Ratwatte returns for 7s

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Six of Kandy Sports Club players secured their berths, in the national sevens rugby squad, ahead of the Commonwealth and Asian Games to be held in Birmingham and China in July and September.

Despite missing out on last year’s Asia Rugby sevens, a number of senior players are back in the national squad after missing out on international assignments over the last two years due to Covid.

Kandy SC skipper Nigel Ratwatte, who had quit the shorter format of the game, since 2015, has returned to the format and has been selected in the sevens team after the national trials were held on Sunday at Longdon Place.

Men’s squad – Srinath Sooriyabadara (captain), Tharinda Ratwatte, Nigel Ratwatte, Danush Dayan, Kavindu Perera and Buddima Piyarathne (Kandy SC), Adeesha Weerathunga and Chathura Senevirathne (Navy), Anjula Hettiarachchi (Air Force), Mithun Hapugoda (Havelock),  Sudaraka Dikkumbara (Army) and Reeza Raffaideen ( CH). Standbys- Lasindu Ishan, Iroshan Silva, Ovin Hettiarachchi, Avishka Lee, Heshan Janson, Ramesh Fernando, Sudam Sooriyaarachchi, Diluksha Dange

Women’s squad – Kanchana Kumari, Jayanthi Kumari, Sandika Hemakumari, Dilini Kanchana, Shanika Madumali, Charani Liyanage, Anusha Attanayake (captain), Dulani Pallikondage, Ayesha Perera, Jeewanthi Kumari, Umayangana Thathsarani and Nipuni Rasanjali. Standbys- Dilani Polhewage, Anushika Samarawickrama, Hashini Anuttara, Chamodya Madumali, Shanika Dilini, Niranjala Wickramasinghe, Hekashani Krishnakumar and Randika Kumudumali

(AG)