Rugby star Saranga dies
RUGBY: Former CH and FC skipper and Sri Lanka fly half Saranga
Jayakody died of a heart attack on Tuesday. He was just 29 years old at
the time of his death.
Jayakody who had played in a practice match against Isipatana had
collapsed on the field a few minutes after the match ended at Maitland
crescent on Tuesday. He was rushed to a private hospital but was
Jayakody a utility player who could play either as fly half, centre
or full back played for Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala in 1995 and 1996.
Joining the CH and FC in 1998 he turned out for the Maitland crescent
club till 2005 in which year he went onto lead the club.
The finest moment of his rugby career came in the year 2000 when he
was picked to play for Sri Lanka against the Australian Northern
Territories thus becoming only the second Devan to don the Sri Lanka
Jersay - the first being Nishantha Dias who also captained CH and FC in
1994. Saranga also represented Sri Lanka at the Hong Kong sevens in 2001
Saranga and his younger brother Tharanga played a key role in the
success of CH and FC in 2003 when the lads from Maitland Crescent
emerged runners up of the ‘A’ Division League winning 12 matches out of
14 losing just one match to Kandy and a draw against Havelocks and also
emerged runners up to Kandy SC in the Clifford Cup knock-out Tournament.
The Jayakody brothers Saranga and Tharanga brought honour and fame to
their alma mater Maliyadeva with their achievements on the rugby field.
Saranga who got married only year ago leaves behind his wife Dilki.
His funeral will take place at the Patuhera Cemetery, Kurunegala on
May 26 (Saturday).