Kandy Sports Club (rugby)
|Full name||Kandy Athletic, Boating, Cricket, Football and Dancing Club (formally)|
|Union||Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union|
|Location||Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|Ground(s)||Bogambara stadium (until 1939)
Nittawela rugby stadium
|President||Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte|
|Captain(s)||Gayan Weeraratne/Roshan Weeraratne(Actg)|
|League(s)||Dialog Rugby League
|2013/14 Dialog Rugby League season||2|
Kandy Sports Club (better known as Kandy SC) is a Division 'A' rugby union team, based in Kandy, Sri Lanka, competing in the Caltex League. The club has been the most successful Sri Lankan club in the Dialog Rugby League, winning ? titles, as well as eighteen Clifford Cups, winning 17 titles in the last twenty years, which is the most number of wins by any club since the expanded competition commenced in 1950. In the period between 1995 and 2012 the club did not lose a Clifford Cup title, although in 1998 there was no tournament and in 2006 the club withdrew from the tournament. Kandy SC had won the league title for a record nine consecutive years between 2000 and 2009.
The Kandy Sports Club was founded in 1874 by a group expatriate coffee planters and others working in the plantations sector in and around Kandy, as the Kandy Athletic, Boating, Cricket, Football and Dancing Club. In 1888, 14 years later, the name was changed to Kandy Sports Club when the club also started playing rugby, hockey and polo. The home grounds was Bogambara grounds until 1939 when the British Colonial Army took over during the Second World War. Later the buildings were taken over by the General Hospital to house its offices, however Kandy SC continued to play rugby at the Bogambara grounds without a club house. In 1949 the Municipal Council released the garbage dumping ground area at Nittawela to the club.
From 1997 to 2009 Kandy SC has won every President's Trophy Knockout Tournament with the exception of the 1998 series, where it lost 26-30 in the final round to Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club (CR&FC).
On March 10, 2010 the rugby team of the Kandy Sports Club left for a 15 day tour of Dubai and South Africa. The club played one match in Dubai and two in South Africa. This was the first time Kandy SC toured two different countries on one tour.
Colours and name
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The Kandy Sports Club was founded by a group expatriate coffee planters, however it has mainly had local players coming in from Kandyan school teams, namely Trinity College, Kandy which has by far the greatest, longest and an unparalleled rugby history and tradition in Sri Lanka, Kingswood College which was the first school to introduce rugby in Sri Lanka (by L. E. Blaze, an Old-Trinitian), though it gave up the game soon after and St. Anthony’s College which joined in as a progressive force. Other schools like Vidyartha College, Dharmaraja College and St. Sylvester's College have also had a long history in the sport while producing many players.
The squad as of November 2013:
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
Notable Foreign Players
- Kitioni Ratudrara - Fiji international.
- Bati Penia - Fiji international.
- Meli Nakuta - Fiji international.
- Viliame Satala - Fiji international.
- Apisai Nagata - Fiji international
- Etonio Quro - Fiji international
- Manasa Quro - Fiji international
- Tavita Tulagese
The Kandy Sports Club has had some notable players including players who have played internationally and internationals who have played for Kandy. Some notable players include: Sri Lanka skipper and dynamic Anthonian Priyantha Ekanayake with Lakshaman Ekanayake, Nalaka Weerakkoddy, Leroy Fonseka, Manjula Pathirana, Shyam Sideek, Rizvi Suhaib, Inthi Marikar, Lasantha Wijesuriya, Fijians Kitioni Ratrudradra, Bati Penaia, Tony Greanny and Viliame Satala.
Out of the key expat players over the years Meli Nakuta & Viliame Satala have represented Fiji in the World Cup in 1999, Manasa Quro in 1991, while Kitioni Ratudrara, & Apisai Nagata have also represented Fiji at the highest level
This is incomplete:
- The Triple Crown
- 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Caltex League:
- Clifford Cup Knockout Tournament:
- President's Trophy Knockout Tournament:
- Official website
- Provincial Unions
- Kandy SC Will Continue To Dominate Rugby
- Kandy Sports Club — This Season’s Favourite
- Kandy Sports Club head points table
- Old Zahirians SC pull out from President's Trophy rugby tourney