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Former St. Peter’s College Bambalapitiya captain and centre Danushka Ranjan has been appointed captain of the 12-member Sri Lanka rugby squad picked for the upcoming Asian Rugby Football Union Sevens series first leg in Hong Kong on September 2 and 3.


Ex-Peterite and Ranjan’s school team mate and vice-captain cum dynamic fly half Dulaj Perera has been selected as his deputy.


Asian Under 20 Cup Champion captain Kevin Dixon and his vice-captain Omalka Gunaratne were also named in the team. They were simply outstanding in the Asian Under 20 tournament.


Ex-Trinity winger Sashan Mohamed and former Sri Lanka national Under 20 skipper cum fly half Tharinda Ratwatte also find their way into the team for the first time.


Experienced centre Dinusha Chathuranga, winger Saliya Handapangoda and fly half Hirantha Perera have been recalled to the national team after some time.


Former England national Sevens player Matt Turner is the head coach.


The Asian Sevens tournament organized by the Asia Rugby Football Union (ARFU) annually is a three-leg series. The second leg will take place in South Korea on September 24 and 25 and the final leg in Sri Lanka on October 15 and 16.


The three leg tour will consist of 8 teams from Asia including Asian heavyweight Japan. Sri Lankan Tuskers are drawn in pool “B” along with Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Malaysia. Incidentally Sri Lanka finished overall fourth last year behind Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.


The 12-member team and the coaching staff left for Hong Kong yesterday.


Sri Lanka Men’s touring squad: Danushka Ranjan (Captain), Dulaj Perera (Vice-Captain), Saliya Handapangoda, Sashan Mohamed, Tarinda Ratwatte, Kevin Dixon, Omalka Gunaratne, Danush Dayan, Dinusha Chathuranga, Jason Dissanayake, Kavindu Perera, Hirantha Perera, Matt Turner – Head Coach, Rohan Chinthaka – Manager. Non-touring reserves: Rehan Silva, Nishon Perera and Reeza Raffaideen.