Daya Jayasundera passes away
Death occurred on Tuesday in Kandy of former Kandy Sports Club,
Police and Sri Lanka Ruggerite and rugby administrator, retired Deputy
Inspector General of Police Daya Jayasundera after a brief illness.
Late Jayasundera was one of the finest sportsman to come out of the
portals of Dharmaraja College, Kandy and he represented the school at
Boxing, Soccer, Athletics and Cricket. He was a fast bowler and a hard
But he was destined to shine in a sport which he never played in
school as Dharmaraja did not play rugby in the sixties.
His first contact with rugby was after leaving school with Kandy
Sports Club where he care under the dozen of rugby coaches Maurice
Perera who put him through his paces and moulded him into flanker, using
the strong physique and natural skills.
He was a member of the 1969 Kandy Sports Club side led by late Major
General Denzil Kobbekaduwa which entered the Clifford Club finals.
He joined the Police Force in 1971 at a time Sri Lanka was faced with
its first insurrection. He was an automatic choice as a flanker for the
Sri Lanka national rugby team.
He was also a member of the first police rugby team to enter the
Clifford Cup rugby finals in 1972. He helped the police team to win many
rugby titles and cups were a major force at local rugby at that time.
He also played for Sri Lanka against many foreign teams like
Blackheath, Bosuns, British Lions, Paris University and also for the Low
Country in the annual Capper Cup tie against Upcountry.
When his playing days were over, he did not take a break from the
game and he took to the whistle. He was a much respected referee and won
the praises of ruggerites and the rugby fans for the manner in which he
handled the whistle.
He was also the Manager of the Sri Lanka Rugby team and also helped
the police team at rugby in many ways. Above all he was a gentleman par
excellence and loved by all who came in contact with him and his passing
away takes away an officer and a fine gentleman.
His son Rajitha Jayasundera now based in Australia was a brilliant
ruggerite at Royal college and represented the country as a schoolboy.
He later played for CR and FC.
Late Daya Jayasundera comes from a Kandyan family living in Lewella
with a brilliant sports background. Ananda played for Sri Lanka and was
one time fastest bowler in the country. His brothers Upananda, Gamini,
Late Parakrama and Senerath were all brilliant sportsmen.