Asian Sevens series third leg Reyhan excited to play in front of home crowds Axing Chanaka Chandimal from team a bit of a worry -Muthuthanthri

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By 2017-10-12

By Asanka Gammanpila

CT Sports: Debutant Reyhan Silva, CR's back division player, is full of confidence about representing Sri Lanka sevens team at this weekend's Asian Sevens series third leg, which will be worked off on two days, 14 and 15 October, at the Race Course International Rugby Stadium.

A product of Isipathana, Silva (20) played for Sri Lanka junior under 20s in the Asian Sevens in 2015 and also 2016, the year Sri Lanka won the championship. The talented youngster had a dream of playing in the national team, which has now become a reality and is ready to give a hundred percent for the national jersey. "Now that I've got the chance, I must prove myself and expect to play a diehard game," said Reyhan.

He also said, he is excited to play the tournament in front of his home crowds.

Meanwhile, skipper Sudarshana Muthuthanthri is a bit worried about the axing of Chanaka Chandimal from the team. Selectors made four changes to the squad and had dropped Chandimal, Dixon and Hirantha Perera on Tuesday in the final selection.

Chandimal was ruled out in the last minute before the first leg held in Hong Kong due to flu and was back with the team for the second leg held in Korea, but selectors have not considered him for the third leg as they had decided to give young blood a chance.

"I didn't think Chandimal would be dropped, but selectors did it to give exposure to young players," said skipper Muthuthanthri.

Reyhan and Riza Rafaideen are both new to the sevens national team, and Muthuthanthri believes youngsters will tie up with the seniors to perform well. He said, "Other newcomer Richard Dharmapala is having sevens experience and will be an advantage for the team." Rafaideen played for Sri Lanka at this year's Borneo Sevens, but was later sidelined for several months after sustaining an injury during the tournament in Borneo.

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