The Doha Rugby Football Club (DRFC) and the Lions Rugby Football Club (LRFC), together with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Qatar, are set to welcome two of Sri Lanka’s top rugby clubs this month.
The historical games, which will serve as a pre-season preparation for DRFC’s 1st XV, will provide rugby supporters in the country with the opportunity to enjoy high-quality rugby competition. The first international club friendly will be held this Friday, 6 October, at the Doha Rugby Football Centre against the Colombo Football Club, while the second match is scheduled for 19 October, against last season’s runners-up, the Sri Lanka Navy Rugby Sport Club.
Sri Lankan Ambassador, HE ASP Liyanage, expressed his excitement on DRFC hosting the two Sri Lankan teams over the coming weeks.
We acknowledge the significance of the fixtures, and credit the management of the LRFC and DRFC, as well as the sponsor – James Barker Used Cars – for recognising Sri Lanka’s stature as a powerful rugby nation.’
DRFC Director of Rugby Brook Tremayne, said that with the current blockade imposed on Qatar, it’s very difficult to provide competitive rugby opportunities to players.
These matches demonstrate our commitment to exploring new partnerships that are sustainable for our club and, in turn, Qatar rugby.’
According to LRFC President Nimo Amit, the Sri Lankan rugby community is one of the biggest in Doha. He said it only makes sense to open dialogue with Sri Lankan clubs.
We will be undertaking various initiatives over the next 12 months with these teams to bring more competition to Doha. Indeed, both Colombo and the Navy are foundation clubs and are among the top-rated clubs back home, and we look forward to hosting them.’
The Doha rugby team will be aiming to win both matches ahead of Qatar’s domestic XV club rugby competition. Though the final squad has not been named, DRFC Director of Rugby Brook Tremayne said they are looking forward to welcoming the two Sri Lankan teams. The matches will test the players, and help gauge their level of efficiency over the 80 minutes. He said that ideally, they want to build on the new season’s momentum by winning both friendlies.
When asked about the seriousness of the match, former Sri Lankan national captain said they have been given a very unique opportunity to play against Qatar’s top level team, and he said they will not let it go to waste.
Every game is a premiership match. We are committed to getting on with the job and intend to beat Doha’s finest on their home soil, hopefully in front of a big Sri Lankan crowd.’
The event is proudly presented and partnered by James Barker Used Cars, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Qatar, DRFC and LRFC. Visit doharfc.com for updates and more information about the games.