Milo celebrates 25 years of supporting schools rugby

Brings together rugby legends from across the country for a ‘Legends Rugby Showdown’

To Press Releases listJun 16, 2017

The Milo Legends Rugby Team Captains presenting their jerseys. From left to right: Bandula Mallikarachchi, Captain – Milo Greens Team; Norman Kannangara, Nestlé Lanka VP - Beverages; B.A. Abeyratne, President – SLSRFA; Dilroy Fernando, Match Referee and Sanjeewa Abegunawardhana, Captain – Milo Whites Team

Rugby fans are in for an unforgettable experience with Milo’s 25th anniversary ‘Legends Rugby Showdown’. Set to be the game of the year, 25 schools rugby legends and captains of previous ‘Milo President's Trophy Rugby Tournament’ winning teams are coming together to compete head-to-head in a friendly match, in honour of Milo’s 25th year of supporting schools rugby sports. The event, jointly organised by theSri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association, the Ministry of Education and Nestlé, is said to be the first of its kind in schools rugby history.

The legendary players will be forming two teams - ‘Milo Whites’ and ‘Milo Greens’. The match, refereed by Sri Lanka’s top referee Dilroy Fernando, will serve as the curtain raiser for this year’s ‘Milo President's Trophy Rugby Tournament.’

Vice President – Beverages, Norman Kannangara said, “For people with a real passion and love for the game, this is going to be one to remember. We can’t think of a better or more spectacular way to celebrate our 25th anniversary in school sports rugby. Our ambition has always been to ‘fuel the winning spirit,’ and what better way to encourage our young and talented athletes than by showing them how their rugby heroes did it back in the day. This anniversary match is not only a highlight of all the rugby stars we’ve helped nurture over the last 25 years, but also of our continued commitment to nourish the ambitions and wellbeing of many more generations of rugby players.”

Milo Whites Team. Sitting from left to right: Dinesh Siriwimala; Janaka De Silva; Dilroy Fernando, Match Referee; Sanjeewa Abegunawardhana (Captain) and Vajira Hewage. Standing from left to right: Duminda Attygala; Lasindu Karunathilaka; Janik Jayasuriya; Gavin Siegertsz; Eranda Weerakkody; Murad Ramzeen and Ranga Perera

As a prelude to the 25 year celebrations of Milo rugby, the Rugby Showdown players have joined hands with Milo to promote the values of team spirit. Under the theme ‘#TeamMakesMe’, the players recall their best moments and challenges on the field as a team in a series of short videos on social media, radio and TV.

Milo will also be launching a voting app to add to the excitement of the match, enabling thousands of rugby fans to vote for their favourite player. The app can be accessed through the Milo Sri Lanka facebook page ( as well as through SMS (777 68 00 77).

The highly anticipated event will take place on 24 June 2017 at the Racecourse Grounds from 5.00 p.m. onwards.

Milo Greens Team. Sitting from left to right: Chamara Withanage; Zulki Hameed; Dilroy Fernando, Match Referee; Bandula Mallikarachchi (Captain) and Vinoj Kurupunawela. Standing from left to right: Kushan Indunil; Senal Deelaka; Shenal Dias; Poornaka Delpachithra; Harendra Ariyawansa and Fazil Marija

Milo, Nestlé’s popular nutritious beverage brand,has been at the forefront of supporting school sports at grassroot level for over three decades. Made from fresh high quality milk collected from approximately 20,000 local farmers, Milo offers the golden goodness of malt and cocoa from the finest cocoa beans to give that great chocolate malt taste.

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