Kandy Sports Club (rugby)

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Kandy S.C
Full name Kandy Athletic, Boating, Cricket, Football and Dancing Club (formally)
Union Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union
Founded 1874; 140 years ago (1874)
Location Kandy, Sri Lanka
Ground(s) Bogambara stadium (until 1939)
Nittawela rugby stadium
Chairman Lasantha Wijesuriya
President Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte
Captain(s) Gayan Weeraratne/Roshan Weeraratne(Actg)
League(s) Caltex League
Caltex Clifford Cup Knockout Tournament
Team kit
Official website
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Kandy Sports Club (better known as Kandy SC) is a rugby union team based in Kandy, Sri Lanka that plays in the Caltex League, of which is the current champion. The club has been the most successful Sri Lankan club in the Caltex League, winning ? titles, as well as the Caltex Clifford Cup Knockout Tournament, winning 16 titles in 18 years, which is the most number of wins by any club since it was inaugurated in 1950. Kandy SC has not lost a final since 1995. On one occasion the club did not take part, while in another there was no tournament.[1] By 2009 Kandy SC had won the league title for a record nine consecutive years.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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).[5][6]

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.[7]

Colours and name[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Players[edit]

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.[8]

Current squad[edit]

The squad as of November 2013:

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Kishore Jehan Prop Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Heshan Kalhara Prop Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Piyumal Manchanayake Prop
Mohamed Arshan Prop
Damith Dissanayake Hooker
Uchita Jayasooriya Hooker Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Dinesh Sanjeewa Lock Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Randika De Alwis Lock
Sashika Jayawardena Lock
Keith Gunesinghe Flanker
Asitha Ratnayake Flanker
Washan Randima Flanker
Gayan Alwis Flanker
Sean Wijesinghe Number 8 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Andrew Porter Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Player Position Union
Roshan Weeraratne (c) Scrum-half Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Prasad Chathuranga Scrum-half
Richard Dharmapala Scrum-half
Fazil Marija Fly-half Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Fa'atonu Fili Fly-half Samoa Samoa
Damien Ratwatte Fly-half
Pradeep Liyanage Centre Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Gayan Weeraratne Centre Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Anuruddha Wilvara Centre
Oshan Perera Centre
David Halaifonua Centre Tonga Tonga
Lavanga Perera Wing Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Mohammed Jabbar Wing
Dhanushka Dayan Wing
Dharshana Ettipola Wing
Saliya Kumara Fullback Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Tilina Wijesinghe Fullback Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Tharindu Hashan Fullback

Current internationals[edit]

Notable Foreign Players[edit]

Notable players[edit]

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.[9]

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

Coaches[edit]

Club honours[edit]

This is incomplete:

  • The Triple Crown
    • 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]