Sri Lanka Men’s outfit will be under Srinath Sooriyabandara, who will be representing Sri Lanka at the Games for a record 4th time, while the Women’s outfit under Anusha Attanayake will make their debut at the Commonwealth Games which takes place from 28 July to 8 August at the Coventry Stadium in England. Both teams left to UK early morning today (25 July).
Group matches will take place on the first two days, while on the last day it will be the knock out stages with the semi-finals, final and the play offs. Men’s event will see 16 teams locking horns in 4 different groups, while the Women’s outfit will battle it out in 2 groups of 4 teams each.
The Men have never missed out representation at the Commonwealth Games from its inception in 1998 in Malaysia, while the Women will be making their debut. Women’s sevens started only at the Gold Coast Sevens in 2018. New Zealand are the defending champions in both segments.
Both teams underwent some tough training with three team building events scheduled during the last 3 months, and are well prepared for the event. Men’s outfit will have Nilfer Ibrahim as their Head Coach, while Saliya Kumara will overlook the Women’s team.
Both teams are sponsored by Nippon Paint, Signature, Webxpay and True Digital.
Meanwhile, Adeesha Weerathunga (Navy) and Kavindu Perera (Kandy) have tested positive after the AntiGen Test carried out yesterday. Replacements will be named later.
Pool A New Zealand, England, Samoa, Sri Lanka
Pool B South Africa, Scotland, Tonga, Malaysia
Pool C Fiji, Canada, Wales, Zambia
Pool D Australia, Kenya, Uganda, Jamaica
Srinarh Sooriyabandara (Capt), Danushka Dyan, Nigel Ratwatte, Reza Rafaideen, Buddhima Piyarathna, Tharinda Ratwatte, Chathura Seneviratne, Adeesha Weerathunga, Anjula Hettiarachchi, Kavindu Perera, Diluksha Dange, Mithun Hapugoda and Sudaraka Dikkumbura
Head Coach :Nilfer Ibrahim
Manager : Rohan Chinthaka
Pool A : New Zealand, Canada, England, Sri Lanka
Pool B : Australia, Fiji, Scotland, South Africa
Anusha Attanayake (Capt), Ayesha Perera, Jayanthi Kumari, Shanika Madumali, Kanchana Mahendran, Charani Theekshana, Sandika Hemakumari, Jeewanthi Gunawardhana, Dilini Kanchana, Dulani Pallikkondage, Anushika Thushari, Umayangana Thathsarani and Nipuni Rasanjali
Head Coach Saliya Kumara
Manager Sunjani Ratnayake