Danushka Ranjan leads Sri Lanka at the Asia Rugby Sevens Series | (Pic by Mushtaq Thasleem)

Sri Lanka could find it extremely difficult to make progress in the Asia Rugby Sevens Series, which began in Hong Kong, due to a good number of regulars opting out due to injuries.

Most of these players are reported to have undergone surgery. SLRFU Executive Director Rohan Guneratne speaking to Nation said as many 8-9 players have been operated as will miss taking part in the entire Sevens Series which will comprise three legs, the final one in Colombo.

Guneratne went on to state that the players were turning out well under coach Mat Turner who was in charge of them even during the sevens tournament in Monaco.

“The young players are equally good and can replace the injured players,” said Guneratne.
He added that the young guys in the squad have the potential to outperform some of the seniors in the side.

Sri Lanka will miss the services of regular skipper Fazil Marija. Danushka Ranjan will lead the team in his absence.

The teams contesting the Asia Rugby Sevens Series are Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei and Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka finished overall fourth in the Asian Rugby Sevens Series last year.

Sri Lanka squad – Danushka Ranjan (Captain), Danusha Dayan, Sashan Mohammed, Dulaj Perera, Dinusha Chathuranga, Jason Dissanayake, Kavindu Perera, Saliya Handapangoda, Omalka Guneratne, Tarinda Ratwatte, Hirantha Perera, Kevin Dixon.