Club Rugby back in action
The speed and power of 7’s rugby action is back this October after a lapse of more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC in partnership with the steering committee, which comprises of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police, will kick-off the Warrior Trophy Rugby 7s 2021 on 30 and 31 October at Police Park.
The Warrior Trophy will also function as a platform for national selectors to pick the squad for the Asian Rugby men’s 7s series to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 19 and 20 November 2021. The tourney will be played behind closed doors and will not be open to the general public. However, it will be broadcast LIVE on the terrestrial channel Supreme TV (Dialog Television channel number 20), and will also be available via LIVE stream on ThePapare.com and Dialog VIU mobile app.
The grand final will be played at the same venue on 31 October commencing 4.00 p.m. Sri Lanka Club Rugby 7’s giants CH&FC and Havelock SC will field their best teams, while Army SC, Navy SC, Airforce SC, Police SC will field two teams each. The tourney will be played in accordance with health and safety guidelines mandated by government health authorities. Teams will practice in isolation via a bio bubble set up in advance and will undergo regular PCR checks and Rapid Antigen tests.
“Sports is an integral part of Sri Lankan lives and I’m pleased by the initiative taken by the Steering Committee of Warrior Trophy Rugby 7s to restart rugby in Sri Lanka and the support given by the National Team and Club Rugby sponsor, Dialog Axiata, to meet the challenge of organising a tourney of this magnitude in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hon. Namal Rajapaksa MP, Minister of Youth and Sports said.
“As a former Sri Lanka captain and national player, a tournament of this level is critical for selection and to prep players before a grueling tourney like the Asian Rugby men’s 7s series.
I wish the Steering Committee and Dialog the very best for two days of excellent 7s play,” he added. “With the assistance and guidance of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Sports, the Steering Committee of the Warrior Trophy Rugby 7s will ensure the tourney will be played to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the participating teams,” Senior DIG Ranmal Kodituwakku, Chairman, Steering Committee said.
“As the sponsor of the National Rugby team and Club Rugby, Dialog is pleased to see the progressive steps taken by the Steering Committee of the Warrior Trophy Rugby 7s to organise a tournament of this magnitude,” Harsha Samaranayake, Senior General Manager – Brand and Media, Dialog Axiata said. “Rugby is one of the most followed sports in Sri Lanka and the fans are looking forward to see their clubs back in action. I wish the Warrior Trophy Rugby 7s for a successful tourney.”