10th October 2018 22:29:03 Hours
A three-member group of senior office-bearers in the Sri Lanka Army Rugby Committee with the blessings of the Commander of the Army was in the Republic of Fiji for a week (24 Sept - 3 Oct) to select two Fijian rugby players for inclusion in the Army Rugby Team as mandated by the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union 2018/19.
The three-member team, Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage, Chairman, Sri Lanka Army Rugby Committee, Brigadier L.A.N.S Wanigasinghe, Vice Chairman, Army Rugby Committee and Lieutenant Colonel S.J Samarasinghe, Secretary, Army Rugby Committee commenced initial discussions to that effect with the military personnel at the Headquarters, Republic of Fiji Military Forces, including the Deputy Commander at the Headquarters.
Prior to the meeting, Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage was honoured in a Guard Turnout upon his arrival at the Fijian Headquarters.
During their stay, the Sri Lankan Army Officers had the privilege of meeting the Chairman of Fiji’s Rugger Association, Mr John O Corner and Manager of the Rugger Team for Tailevu county, Mr Levani Matae for discussions on the same requirement.
The Sri Lankan delegation also watched a Rugby tussle between the Fijian Rugby Team and the visiting Australian Army’s Rugby Team, which in turn enabled the Sri Lankan Army Officers to nominate two of the best among those players as nominated members for the Sri Lankan Army Rugby Team. Arrangements are now underway to get down those foreign players to Sri Lanka within the shortest possible time.
Sri Lanka’s Consul General in Fiji and several Sri Lankans, resident there extended their fullest cooperation to the Sri Lanka Army for this project.
The Fijians who have impressed Rugger players world-wide with their unpredictable and free-flowing style of rugby. Fijians are regarded as stalwarts in the world of Rugby and have made convincing records in the past.