Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - BY SHAN­NON NI­CHOLAS

KKorean au­to­mo­bile brand, which is of a value of 27 mil­lion.

The re­newal of the spon­sor­ship came in ahead of the com­mence­ment of the Schools Rugby sea­son, which is due to kick off on Fe­bru­ary 24.

Speak­ing at the brief­ing, B. A. Abeyrathne, Prin­ci­pal of Royal Col­lege, stated that the in­volve­ment of KIA as the main spon­sor was one rea­son be­hind the suc­cess of rugby in the Col­lege in the past years. “We thank KIA Mo­tors for their pres­ence with us dur­ing the past years and we are grate­ful that they have stepped in as our spon­sor this year also. We are look­ing to per­form bet­ter this sea­son, and would be com­pet­ing with all our might. We have to build rugby in ev­ery way. Our aim is to play with good morals, and would be en­cour­ag­ing fair-play at all our games,” he said.

“Our sup­port to Royal Rugby has given us a great deal of sat­is­fac­tion,” KIA Mo­tors Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ma­hen Tham­biah said.

“The teams are lay­ing well and the de­vel­op­ment of play­ing younger play­ers is mak­ing progress. We are com­mit­ted to the suc­cess of Royal Rugby and look for­ward to see­ing some in­spir­ing per­for­mances from the boys this year,” he fur­ther added.

The Royal Col­lege First XV team would be led by fly half Ovin Askey, while eight colours­men are set to fea­ture this sea­son. IA Mo­tors rat­i­fied their spon­sor­ship deal with the Royal Col­lege Rugby team as the sole spon­sor for the sixth con­sec­u­tive year at a press gath­er­ing held at the Royal Col­lege Sports Com­plex on Wed­nes­day (15).

Chair­man and mem­bers of the Royal Col­lege Rugby Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and the Di­rec­tors of KIA Mo­tors were present at the event, which saw the sign­ing of the spon­sor­ship deal as well as the unveiling of the of­fi­cial First XV team jersey for the sea­son.

The Col­lege’s First XV as well as the Un­der 14, Un­der 16 and Un­der 18 teams would be spon­sored by the

KIA Mo­tors (Lanka) Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Ma­hen Tham­biah (3rd from right) makes a sym­bolic pre­sen­ta­tion of the spon­sor­ship cheque to Royal Col­lege Prin­ci­pal B. A. Abeyrathna in the pres­ence of di­rec­tors of Kia Mo­tors (Lanka) and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Royal Col­lege Rugby Ad­vi­sory and Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee.

KIA Mo­tors (Lanka) Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer An­drew Per­era (3rd from right) presents the Royal Rugby jersey for 2017 to the First XV cap­tain in the pres­ence of the Prin­ci­pal of Royal Col­lege B. A. Abeyrathna, Di­rec­tors of KIA Mo­tors (Lanka) and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Royal Col­lege Rugby Ad­vi­sory and Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee.

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