The Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) has appointed former South African born England national sevens player Matt Turner as the coach of the Sri Lankan national Sevens team in preparation for the Asian 7’s tournament which is due to take place in Bangkok and in Sri Lanka.
Speaking exclusive to The Nation Rohan Gunaratne, SLRFU’s executive director confirmed the appointment and informed that Matt Turner has already arrived in Sri Lanka.
Born on 18th January 1988 in Cape Town, South Africa, 27 year old Mathew Drew Turner was in the South African under 20 training squad in 2008.
Finally he decided to move to England in the end of 2008, where he represent the Premiership side Bristol the same year and played as a wing three quarter.
Turner made an appearance for the newly-formed South African Super Rugby franchise, the Port Elizabeth-based Kings, in their first ever match on 16th June 2009 against the British and Irish Lions during their 2009 tour to South Africa, with the Kings losing the match 8–20.
Matt Turner got the qualification to represent England as his mother is English.Matt Turner had the opportunity of representing Sri Lankan side Central Kings in 2013/14 Carlton International 7s tournament.