The rugby selection committee on 11th August appointed Kevin Dixon of St. Peter’s to captain the Sri Lanka Under-20 rugby Sevens team that will participate in the Asian Youth Sevens series that begins this weekend.
Previously Dixon captained the under-18 Sevens national team which toured China for the Junior Youth Games.
Dixon took his school St. Peter’s College to victory in the inter schools sevens under-20 Cup Championship this year, where they edged out the mighty Isipathana College in the final.
Dixon was given the green light ahead of Omalka Gunarathna and Prince Chamara who were the other contenders to lead the side.
Meanwhile, the youth rugby pool is hit by injuries with three more key players adding to the list of important players.
The latest players to go down with injuries are this year’s St. Joseph’s nippy scrum half Vimukthi Rahula, Trinity’s dazzling full back Saranga Gunathilake and last year’s triple champion wining Isipathana captain and present Havelocks’ dashing flanker Shenal Deelaka.
They received injuries while participating in trial matches held last week before the selectors were to cut down the original 30 member pool to a final 17 man squad.
Vimukthi Rahula was the stand in scrum half to former Isipathana and present Police SC scrum half Sudam Sooriyarachchi.
Sooriyarachchi also has been ruled out of this tournament due to a nasty ankle injury sustained at the just concluded SLRFU under-20 rugby 7s tournaments at Race Course grounds.
St. Peter’s skipper Kevin Dixon, who is a utility player and has the experience of playing as scrum half, is the most likely candidate to fill this position.
Kevin Dixon (captain) (St. Peter’s), Prince Chamara (Science College / CR&FC), Sithum Pieris (Wesley College / CR & FC), Omalka Gunarathne (Isipathana College/Navy SC), Nishon Perera (St. Peter’s / Havelocks SC), Rehan Silva (Isipathana College) Chamika Kusal (Wesley College), Shamri Burah (St. Peter’s College / Havelocks SC), Buddhima Piyarathna (D.S. Senanayake College), Reeza Raffaideen (Kingswood College/ Police SC), Supun Dilshan (Science College), Sajith Silva (Science College).