Thursday, 28 November 2019 05:45

Rugby heavyweights clash in season’s opener tomorrow

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Sri Lanka’s top eight rugby clubs, Kandy, CR&FC, CH&FC, Havelock’s SC, Police SC, Army SC, Navy SC and Air Force SC, will vie for the coveted Dialog Rugby League 2019/20 commencing Friday, when Navy SC scrum down against a strong Havelock SC XV at Welisara and one of Sri Lanka’s oldest rugby clubs, CH&FC host Army SC at the Race Course Rugby Stadium. Kick-off of both games is at 3.45 pm.

As introduced last year, in the 2018/19 season after the round robin matches in round one, round two will open the competition with the ‘Dialog Super Round’, which would include eight games over two weeks of intense play.

The top four teams of ‘Dialog Super Round’ would then proceed to play for the Cup Championship, while the bottom four would fight it out for the Plate Championship.

As last year the teams ranked no. 5 to 8 in 2018/19 Dialog Rugby League Police SC, Army SC, Navy SC and Air Force SC are permitted to play one foreign player each during the Dialog Rugby League 2019/20.

Tournament points earned up to completion of the second?round will be carried forwarded to the “Dialog Super Round’.?The teams ending up with the highest tournament points will be crowned as the?Dialog Rugby League Cup champions?and the Dialog Rugby League Plate winners.

This time, the Dialog Rugby League has introduced a special award “Most valuable player of the match”, awarded by Dialog ViU, Sri Lanka’s largest and No. 1 Entertainment Hub.

The 2018/19 season saw Kandy SC stamp their authority yet again as they beat favourites Havelock’s SC to retain the championship for a record 20 times and prestigious Clifford Cup Knockout tournament for a sixth consecutive year.

This is Dialog’s eighth consecutive year in partnership with the Club League and Clifford Cup knockout competitions.

During the season, selected matches can be watched live on Dialog Television, Dialog ViU and MyTV via mobile and on www.thepapare.com.

(Daily News)

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