M'tile rugby 7s with a different flavour
This year's much look forward to M'tile rugby 'sevens' sponsored by Dialog GSM is of a different flavour. Since its inception from 1966 (barring two years) it has gone from strength to strength.

This tournament meant to promote rugby among the rank and file in the Private Sector big or small has gained much popularity among the rank and file.This year's 7s will be held on Oct. 18 and 19 at the CR&FC and at the Royal College Sports Complex. The semis and the finals will be confined to Longden Place (CR&FC) Sunday Oct. 19. Already 30 teams have confirmed their participation.

This was revealed at a media briefing held on Oct. 8, at the CR & FC chaired by Nishantha Wickremage, the President of the M'tile rugby section in association with the Gen. Manager Sales and Marketing, Dialog GSM Naushad Perera, Chirantha de Zoysa, Specialist Marketing/Communication and other members of the M'tile rugby section.

The 'Sevens' participants in the coming M'tile tournament are our corporate customers. Dialog is happy to be with them for this great two-day happening. It`s not confined to a selected few, but mass participation, Perera added.

There is a new format this year. In 8 groups played on a league basis. Dialog trophies are on offer from Shield, Bowl, the Plate and the Cup championship. The top 8 teams in the league will play in the quarters. The winners will play in the Cup semis - the losers in the Plate semis. The losers in the Plate quarters in the Bowl semis. The losers in the Plate in the Shield semis. The draw will be held at the CR&FC at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13.

There are three newcomers for this year´s scrummage - Sommervilles Asian Alliance and T.A. Logistics Brondix. More women's teams in the scrum for this year's 7s. Probably five to six teams. The girls from Slimline, Tri Star Apparel and Hatton National Bank are in the forefront. Some of Sri Lanka's best 7s players will scrum down. -BW

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