Isipatana - strong contender for League Title
Isipatana College with no less than 12 coloursmen in their ranks will
be a strong contender for the schools under 20 division one league rugby
title this year.
"This year we field a formidable outfit and our aim is to clinch the
division one league title which has eluded us for several years," said
the Chairman of Isipatana rugby, Hassan Singhawansa.
"We have a powerful set of forwards and a speedy set of three
quarters and our aim is to win the league title and make amends for our
disappointing display last year, said Singhawansa.
Isipatana finished fifth in last year's league and went down fighting
to S. Thomas by 21-22 in the Milo knock-out final.
This year the lads from Havelock Town will be led by centre Ashan
Gallage and will have the services of seasoned campaigners deputy
skipper Tharindu Siriwardena (No. 8), flankers Deshanth Subashana, Sajid
Suhayb, lock forward Muksheed Kuthdoos, prop Danushka Suriyarachchi,
scrum half Mohamed Rizwan, fly half Prasad Devinda, centre Mohamed Ali,
wingers Yuresh Fonseka and Prashan Attanayake and full back Malik Jamath.
The Isipatanians are training hard under the watchful eyes of their
coaches Shamly Nawaz and Sajith Mallikarachchi with Tavou Alailima as
the fitness trainer. But the Isipatanians will face a strong challenge
from St. Peter's and S. Thomas.
The Peterites who won the Rugby Sevens title by overcoming Trinity in
the final will be led by fly half Keith Gurusinghe and will have the
services of coloursmen No. 8 Shenal Dias, prop forward Steve Nelson,
scrum half Rizwan Meedin, centres Bhanuka Nanayakkara and Danushka
Ranjan and fly half Anish Fernando.
The Peterites will clash with Isipatana in the curtain-raiser of the
tournament at Havelock Park on April 24.
The star studded Thomian outfit led by No. 8 Rajindra Gunasekera will
take on last year's division two champions Wesley College at Mount
Lavinia on the same day.
The Thomians who will have the services of 12 senior players will
have outstanding ruggerites of the calibre of Anuruddha Wilwara, Jeremy
Fernando, Shehan Muthutantri and last year's skipper Shaveen Kapuwatte.
Trinity led by hooker Damith Dissanayake will lock horns with
Dharmaraja at Pallekelle on April 24 while on the same day home town
rivals Kingswood and St. Anthony's will clash at Nittawela.
Last year's champions Royal led by centre Duminda Attygalle will play
host to Prince of Wales at the Royal Sports Complex on April 24.