Kandy players stay away from Commonwealth 7’s training
Cites injuries as reason for unavailability…
It’s the same old story once again. The ‘Daily Mirror’ reliably learns that players from the champion Kandy Sports Club have not turned up for national seven-a side practices. With the exception of Sajith Saranga, the other five Kandy based players had stayed away from training, without informing the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU).
The sevens training commenced ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held in India next month. This move has resulted in a lacuna of experienced campaigners in the squad.
Saliya Kumara is the only player who has officially informed of his unavailability due to injury while rest of the players in captain Pradeep Liyanage, Gayan Weeraratne, Roshan Weeraratne and Dharshana Ettipola have not intimated any reason for their absence.
An official said that skipper Liyanage did not even answer the phone when they (team officials) attempted to contact him.
It is interesting to note that a situation of this nature is nothing new to the Sri Lankan rugby set up with similar occurrences being a familiar sight in the recent past.
Sixteen players which include a few school leavers are training at the Air Force grounds in Negombo.
However when contacted by the ‘Daily Mirror’, Shane Dullewa the secretary of the SLRFU said that except for Pradeep Liyanage all other players had informed in writing the reasons for their inability to attend training.
“Liyanage also informed me, but I did not still get his version in writing” added Dullewa.
By Asanka Gammanpila