NZ Rugby to assist SL Rugby

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By 2017-10-17

Minister of Development Strategy and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, who was also a former President of Sri Lanka Rugby, on an official visit to New Zealand recently, had met officials of New Zealand Rugby and discussed about a potential partnership between the two countries. NZ Rugby has followed up with a proposal to assist in the growth of rugby in Sri Lanka.

Minister Samarawickrama hopes to discuss the proposal with Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister Harin Fernando and Sri Lanka Rugby Officials. The areas New Zealand Rugby and All Blacks could collaborate with Sri Lanka Rugby are to provide resources and experience to accelerate our ambition of becoming a regional powerhouse. The areas include Game Development Strategy, All Blacks branded Coaching Clinics and Tools, Competition and Professional Rugby Structures, Game understanding and educational content for fans, Team exchanges and placement opportunities and Sending of New Zealand Development teams to Sri Lanka, stated a press release.

Samarawickrama was hosted by New Zealand's Minister of Trade, Todd McClay, where the possibilities of a strategic economic partnership between the two countries were also discussed.

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