Saturday, April 17, 2010

RUGBY IN ASIA: Asia Nations Division 1 Final

Sri Lanka v Singapore in Singapore (Asia Nations Division 1; Final)



2010.04.14 Singapore v Malaysia
Singapore won narrowly against Malaysia on Wednesday to reach the final. Image thanks to

The Grand Final in Division 1 sees last years Elite team Singapore against an impressive Sri Lankan team. The winner will play in the Asia 5 Nations in 2011.

Singapore struggled against a Malaysian side mid-week. They will find a well-drilled Sri Lankan side, who won easily against China-Taipei, ready to step up in Asian rugby.

Sri Lanka has welcomed back into its fold some 15 players who were banned for two years in 2007 for supporting a walkout by their replaced captain. All seems to be healed and as a result this is a very strong looking Lankan side.

2010.04.00 Pradeep Liyanage-Captain
Experienced international Pradeep Liyanage will lead this Sri Lankan side. Image thanks to

Last Five Encounters
11.11.2008 Drawn 11-11 in Tainan (Asia Nations Div.1)
25.06.2005 Sri Lanka 34-17 in Colombo (WCQ Asia Qualifying, Div. 3A)
02.07.2000 Singapore 15-12 in Aomori (17th Asia Championship)
31.10.1998 Singapore 25-13 in Singapore (16 Asia Championship, Sect.B, Final)
16.07.1997 Sri Lanka 17-15 in Bangkok (Int. Quadrangular Tournament)

GWC Rugby Rankings
Asia Table-Singapore 6th, Sri Lanka 7th

Prediction: Sri Lanka by 3 points



Sri Lanka Squad
Senaka Bandara, (Kandy Sports Club)
Ashan de Costa (Ceylon Rugby & Football Club) DOB 1987.07.01 Age 22
Zulki Hamid (Ceylon Rugby & Football Club) DOB 1983.03.22 Age 27
Saliya Handapangoda (Army)
Bilal Hassen (Ceylon Rugby & Football Club)
Terrence Henry (Ceylon Rugby & Football Club) DOB 1986.02.26 Age 24
Nuwan Hettiarachchi (Navy
Vishwamithra Jayasinghe (Ceylon Rugby & Football Club)
Kishore Jehan (Kandy Sports Club) DOB 1983.02.01 Age 27
Ashen Karthelis (Ceylon Rugby & Football Club) DOB 1985.07.01 Age 24
Saliya Kumara (Kandy Sports Club) DOB 1984.05.28 Age 25
Samantha Lakshan (Navy)
Dushanth Lewke (Ceylon Rugby & Football Club) DOB 1983.09.22 Age 26
Pradeep Liyanage, Capt. (Kandy Sports Club) DOB 1983.05.14 Age 26
Fazil Marija (Kandy SC) DOB 1985.12.04 Age 25
Ishan Noor (Ceylon Rugby & Football Club) DOB 1989.08.17 Age 20
Rajiv Perera (Havelocks) DOB 1985.09.01 Age 24
Yoshitha Rajapaksa (Navy)
Dinesh Sanjeewa (Colombo Hockey & Ftball Club) DOB 1983.09.21 Age 26
Sajith Saranga (Kandy Sports Club) DOB 1990.02.12 Age 20
Dilip Selvam DOB 1981.03.07 Age 29
Eranga Swarnatilleke (Kandy Sports Club).
Roshan Weeraratne (Kandy Sports Club).
Sean Wijesinghe (Kandy Sports Club) DOB 1982.03.25 Age 28
Gayan Weeraratne (Kandy Sports Club) DOB 1988.04.13 Age 22

Head Coach: Johan Taylor.

Thanks to and to Yeolette fron Sri Lanka RFU.


Singapore squad (details prior to tournament)
Suhaimi Amran (Singapore Cricket Club) Halfback, Age 21, New cap
Mohd Ashraf (Blacks RFC) No.8, Age 21, New cap
Muhd Asrie (Singapore Cricket Club) Centre, Age 24, New cap
Muhd Azmi (Bedok Kings RFC) Halfback, Age 20, New cap
Joseph Braithwaite (Wanderers RFC) No.8, Age 30, New cap
Thomas Burns (Singapore Cricket Club) Fly half, Age 26, New cap
Alexander Chew (Singapore Cricket Club) Winger, Age 24, 4 tests
Daniel Marc Chow (Singapore Cricket Club) Lock, Age 25, 2 tests
Goh Beng Chuan (Bedok Kings RFC) Wing/Full back, Age 21, 1 test
Ryan Cumbers (Wanderers RFC) Centre, Age 20, 5 tests
Nicholas Dance (Bucks RFC) Prop, Age 37, 6 tests
Marah Fahmy (Police RFC) Centre, Age 21, New cap
John Forrester (Bedok Kings) Fly half, Age 34, 6 tests
Benjamin Goh (Bucks RFC) Hooker, Age 24, 1 test
Matthew Hall (Bucks RFC) Lock, Age 32, New cap
Sidney Kumar (Bedok Kings RFC) Winger, Age 23, New cap
Andrew Lee (Bedok Kings RFC) Halfback, Age 26, 7 tests
Gabriel Lee (Singapore Cricket Club) Flanker, Age 23, 4 tests
Jonathan Lee (Singapore Cricket Club) Flanker, Age 24, 6 tests
Kevin Loo (Singapore Cricket Club) Winger, Age 27, New cap
Nicholas Macksey (Wanderers RFC) Lock, Age 30, New cap
Alexander Muir (Bucks RFC) Prop, Age 30, 4 tests
George Rippon (Wanderers RFC) Prop, Age ? , New Cap
Matthew Roberts (Wanderers RFC) Flanker, Age 31, New cap
Charles Ryan (Bucks RFC) Centre, Age 30, New cap
Vicknesh Sellathurai (Bucks RFC) Lock, Age 23, New cap
Joe Seng (Wanderers RFC) Winger, Age 20, New cap
Norman Sin (Bedok Kings RFC) Prop, Age 26, 6 tests
Gaspar Tan (Bedok Kings RFC) Hooker, age 21, 10 tests
Matthew Taloni (Wanderers RFC) Centre, Age ?, 2 tests
Desmond Wee (Bedok Kings RFC) Wing/Full back, Age 25, 8 tests
Rex Wong (Bedok Kings RFC) Fly half, Age 22, New cap
Muhd Zaki (Singapore Cricket Club) Wing/Full back, Age 23, 4 tests

Special thanks to Gasper Tan, Singapore RFU

1 comment:

  1. Sri Lankan rugby team will play in Asia5Nations for 2011. I wonder how they will go against the likes of Japan, Kazakhstan and Korea?