The Dialog Schools Rugby League 2022 will kick off on 23 June with the tournament’s opening encounter between St Joseph’s College and Kingswood College at Havelock Park. The tournament returns after a lapse of 2-years due to the Covid pandemic.

Kick-off is at 4.15 p.m.

Joes will be led by Teran Karunanayake and Kingswood by Gihan Ranaweera. Joes look a yard faster with their outstanding outfit, while the Randles Hills school is full of freshers in their starting line-up.

Speaking to CT, Kingswood Head Coach Buddhika Thalagampola said: “This year we have a young outfit with lots of talent. We have done our level best on preparation. Boys are ready and eager to go out and perform well. We want to take it game by game and I want all Kingswood rugby lovers to support the team”.

Meanwhile, Joes Head Coach Nilfer Ibrahim said: “We have a young outfit and prepared well for the season during the last 2-months. I hope the boys will perform to their best ability and deliver in the end. I want to take Joes to the top this season.”

Royal College, who emerged champions during the last three seasons, will be one of the top contenders this season along with St. Peter’s, Isipathana, Wesley, S. Thomas’ and Trinity.

Harsha Samaranayake, Senior General Manager – Brand and Media of Dialog Axiata said: “We are pleased at the decision taken by SLSRFA to conduct the 2022 season of the Dialog Schools Rugby League and Knock Out tourneys, which is one of the most looked forward events in the school’s sports calendar. Schools’ tourneys are close at heart to the ethos of Dialog in developing the champions of tomorrow who will bring glory to our motherland. I wish the tourney a successful season.”

B.A. Abeyrathna, President, Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association said: “After a lapse of nearly two years Sri Lanka’s rugby community can witness the best of School’s Rugby live at the playing fields.

 “In these unprecedented times we live in, I’m indeed thankful for school’s rugby sponsors Dialog for continuing on their promise to give their full corporate backing for the tourney. I wish all teams for a fruitful 2022 season.”

As the principal sponsor, Dialog Axiata has made arrangements to LIVE stream the matches via, Dialog VIU mobile app, and will also be shown LIVE on Dialog TV Channel 140 in the interest of all present boys, old boys, parents, supporters,
well-wishers and the Rugby-loving public.

By Special Correspondent