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Rugby, arguably one of the most followed Schools sports in Sri Lanka, will see a resumption after almost two seasons of no play due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kicking-off with a schools 7s tournament from the 18th to the 31st of December 2021, which will see the best teams from the top rugby playing regions battling it out for supremacy.

Committed to developing talent and investing in our Future, Today, the Dialog Schools Rugby 7s will give students, who missed out on their final year of schools Rugby, the chance to play and progress to the Club and National level.

 Western, Central, North-Western and Southern provinces will be playing the tourney in a group format, with the top finishers from the groups challenging one another in the knockout stage, while the Sabaragamuwa teams will be playing each other in a league structure to decide the provincial champion.

As the principal sponsor, Dialog Axiata PLC has made arrangements to broadcast the tournament LIVE on DTV Channel 140, Dialog ViU, and also on the Asia Rugby FB page in the interest of all present and old boys, parents, supporters, well-wishers and the Sri Lanka’s rugby-loving community as the tournament will be played behind closed doors.

Well-wishers will also get the opportunity to vote for the most popular team from each province on their respective match days by visiting, the winning team will be announced before the Cup Final in each province and will be rewarded with Rs. 50,000 gift voucher to purchase sports equipment.

The Dialog Schools 7s tourney will be played in accordance with the safety guidelines administered by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Sports and also the Ministry of Education. The players will be in a bio secure environment, overseen by their respective schools, with rapid antigen tests to be conducted at regular intervals.

 Schools that have confirmed their participation for the Western Province tournament are, Royal College, Isipathana College, St. Peter’s College, St. Joseph’s College, Wesley College, Thurstan College, Science College, Zahira College, Ananda College, Nalanda College, D.S. Senanayake College, Mahanama College, Prince of Wales College, S. Thomas’ College,  Piliyandala Central College, Carey College, Moratu Vidyalaya, St. John’s College, CWW Kannangara College, Sumangala College, St. Benedict’s College, and Piyarathana College. The Western Province tournament will be conducted on the 18th and 19th of December and will be played at the Royal College Sports Complex, Colombo 07.

Schools in the Central Province tournament include, Trinity College, Kingswood College, Dharmaraja College, St. Anthony’s College, Vidyartha College, Sri Sumangala College, St. Sylvester’s College and Sri Rahula College. The matches will be played on 27th December 2021 at Pallekele Rugby Grounds.

Schools battling it out for supremacy in the Sabaragamuwa Province include, Ehaliyagoda  Central College, Thalduwa College, Mawanella Zahira College, Kegalu Vidyalaya and Dehiowita Central College with their matches to be played on 28th December 2021 at the Ruwanwella Public Grounds,  while the Schools representing the North Western Province will be Maliyadeva College, St. Anne’s College, Ibbagamuwa Central College, Welagedera College, Lakdas De Mel College, Kuliyapitiya Central College and Sir John Kotelawala College; the tourney will be on the 30th  of December 2021 at the Maliyadewa College Grounds, Kurunegala.

Top honours in the Southern Province will be keenly contested amongst St. Aloysius College, Richmond College, Mahinda College, Dewapathiraja College, Vidyaloka College, Debaraweva Central College and Rahula College. The tourney will be played on the 31st of December 2021 at the Koggala Free Trade Zone Ground.

The 2018 season was the last time a full schools tourney was held, while the following year the tournament was stopped in the first round after the outbreak of COVID-19.

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