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Cambrians take Schools 'C' Division Rugby Title


Randika Warnapura
(Captain)

Pivithuru Wijeratne
(Vice Captain)

S M C Samarakoon (Coach)

Prince of Wales' College, Moratuwa won the All Island Under 20 'C' Division Singer League Tournament-2012 by beating more fancied and formidable Ananda College, Colombo by 22 points to 15 worked off at Air Force Grounds, Ratmalana and by virtue of this victory Cambrians will be playing in the 'B' Division next year.

Moratuwites who are famous for cricket since it was introduce to the city for more than a century of years are taking a keen interest in Rugger and thanks to former Cambrian and Past Principal of Prince of Wales M E C Fernando who introduced Rugger. He was at the helm at his Alma-Mater.

The significant event of this year's performance is they were unbeaten throughout the season winning all the nine matches they participated and only in the final game Anandians came out with some resistance.


Prince of Wales’ College All Island ‘C’ Division rugby champions – 2012 Seated (from left) Sudesh Edirisinghe, Susantha Mendis (Prefect of Games), Dananjaya Ranasinghe, Sampath Weragoda (Principal), Randika Warnapura (Captain), Mrs Malathi Fernando (Deputy Principal), Pivithuru Wijerathne (Vice Captain). S M C Samarakoon (Coach), Tarindu Lakshan, Standing second row – (from left) Neshaka Mendis, Dulaj Konara, Kasun Rajakaruna, Chamath Sudara, Tarindu Kasun, Praveen Samarasuriya, Kasun Darshana, Vihanga Pivithuru, Prabuddha Samarasuriya, Ishan Satchintha, Bagya Madushanka, Sujan Sandun. Standing third Row (from left) – Mohomed Naveed, Wenura Mayuk, Ushal Premalka, Madushan Asanka, Ashan Buddhika, Lakshan Salanka, Nadeesh Suranga, Shehan Chanuka, Rajindu Yamal, Samindu Tharanga, Dinesh Neomal. Pictures by D Mendis – Moratuwa Sports correspondent

The able skipper fourth year coloursman Randika Warnapura is a leading player in the schools today playing in the centre position and scored the most number of tries this season. His deputy Pivithuru Wijerathne a third year coloursman playing in number eight was an asset to the skipper and he rarely misses a conversion.

A special mention could be made about Dulaj Rathnayake who too had many conversions. A second year player Kasun Rajakaruna is the winger and the fastest player in the team. A third year coloursman and scrum half Chanuka Dananjaya is very active in the field from the word go.

The man behind this success is S M C Samarakoon the coach who coached the Cambrians before seven years ago and took up the challenge again in 2012. He was a former member of the Police Rugby team and presently the Manager of the Police team.

The Master in Charge and Prefect of Games is Susantha Mendis and the new Principal Sampath Weragoda and both of them extended their fullest co-operation, assistance and guidance and encouragement to the Cambrian team. Special mention should be made of the Cambrian Past Ruggerites Association which was the tower of strength behind this success. When contacted by the Daily News Sports the Secretary of the Association Rushan Mohomed said, "that their aim from the beginning is to become 'C' division champs and they are looking forward to maintain a better standard in the 'B' division next year.

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