SriLanka-sports-entertainment-rugby-FOCUS by Amal Jayasinghe
Forbes (R) of New Zealand runs with the ball for a try during the Carlton Super 7's tournament match between Sri Lanka's premier league Uva Vipers and Jaffna Challengers in Colombo on June 3, 2012. Sri Lanka has launched a major campaign to revive rugby on the island with the president's eldest son leading efforts to build a team that can qualify for the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Although Sri Lanka has some of the world's oldest rugby clubs, the former British colony is yet to make an international impression and is giving a major push to develop the game.The island is getting world-class players and coaches from England, South Africa, Fiji, the US and New Zealand for a local premier league tournament this month with the aim of reviving the game and wooing youngsters to sign up.'We are giving our players an opportunity to play alongside international stars,' key mover of the local Carlton Super 7's tournament, Namal Rajapakse, told AFP. 'This is the kind of experience our players need.' AFP PHOTO/Ishara S.KODIKARA
All Black Sevens captain DJ Forbes poses after arriving back at the Auckland International Airport on May 14, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. The All Black Sevens won the season ending London Sevens on Sunday.
Credit: Phil Walter
Forbes of New Zealand is tackled during the Cup semi-final match between Australia and New Zealand during day three of the 2014 Hong Kong Sevens at Hong Kong International Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Credit: Mark Metcalfe
Captain D J Forbes and the New Zealand team perform a haka after winning the Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa during the Wellington Sevens at Westpac Stadium on February 8, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Credit: Hagen Hopkins
Forbes of New Zealand looks dejected after defeat in the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens Cup quarter-final match between New Zealand and England at Cbus Super Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia.
Credit: Mark Metcalfe
All Blacks rugby players (L-R) Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Nikki Philips, Victor Vito, Gillies Kaka and DJ Forbes showcase designs by Jockey in the Resene Designer Selection Show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2014 on August 28, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Credit: Fiona Goodall
Ben Lam of New Zealand is hurdled by teammate DJ Forbes in the Rugby Sevens match between New Zealand and Scotland at Ibrox Stadium during day three of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 26, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.