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Fijians participate in lifting 7s standard in Sri Lanka

Rashneel Kumar In Hong Kong
Saturday, March 29, 2014

THE Sri Lankan 7s side has given credit to Fijians for their place in the Hong Kong 7s tournament this year.

The team last featured in the "Mecca of 7s" in 2009 and will be playing in the top 16 competition in this year's tournament.

Sri Lanka is pooled with defending champions Fiji, Wales and Kenya in Pool A.

Team manager Rohan Chinthaka said they were gaining a lot of knowledge about rugby from the Fijians plying their trade in their country.

A number of Fijian players including Vodafone Fiji 7s team members Setefano Cakau and Joeli Lutumailagi are playing club rugby competition in Sri Lanka.

"Our rugby has really improved from playing with the Fijians. The standard has gone up from the experience we have gained from playing with them and that improvement in performance has resulted in our entry in this year's Hong Kong 7s.

"Looking at this concept and seeing that our rugby standard has gone up, in future we are going to get more Fijians to play in our country."

Sri Lanka finished in the top five in the Asian Cup competition this year.

The country has more than 100,000 rugby players registered with the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union and it also has one of Asia's biggest club competitions.

Sri Lanka will play Fiji at 5.24pm tomorrow and Chinthaka hopes the team will do well.

"Most of our friends are playing for Fiji team but on the field I can't expect any of that because it's a game.

"We are trying to give our best and we will see where to go to from the Hong Kong 7s."

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