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Lanka Lions raring to regain crown at Dubai Rugby Sevens

28 November, 2021

The Dubai-based Lanka Lions rugby team, former champions of the Gulf Open tournament in 1998, 2001 and 2015, are eager to display their flair at the upcoming Dubai International Rugby tournament which will be held at the Dubai Sevens ground from December 2-4.

Former Sri Lanka and Arabian Gulf scrum half Roger Rodrigo is the live wire behind Lanka Lions Rugby Club.

Another former national player Afzal Mohamed, a product of Kingswood College, Kandy, is also representing the Lanka Lions this year.

Former Trinity college scrum half Imad Riyal who has also represented the UAE is also part of the current Lanka Lions rugby squad.

Lanka Lions will field two teams this year in the Men’s Open and Men’s Social segments. Fourth year player Adil Deen will captain Lanka Lions in the Men’s Open while Srinath Jayasuriya leads the team in the Men’s Social.

Former Kingswoodian Tharindu Oshada, former Trinitians Dilshan Kelaniyagoda and Anojan Balasundaram and newcomer Shazard Deen are some of the other members in the team which also has Fijians to add power.

The Lanka Lions Men’s Social too have some great talent in former Peterite Kirk Williams and Hilmy Bebo and Trinitian Dharshana Suraweera, Isipathanian Zuhair Mohamed and few expats to add muscle to the team.