Kandy Sports Club (rugby)

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Kandy S.C
Kandy Sport Club Logo.jpg
Full name Kandy Athletic, Boating, Cricket, Football and Dancing Club (formally)
Union Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union
Founded 1874; 144 years ago (1874)
Location Kandy, Sri Lanka
Ground(s) Bogambara Stadium (until 1939)
Nittawela Rugby Stadium (Capacity: 30,000, 25,000)
Chairman Lasantha Wijesuriya
President Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte
Coach(es) Sean Wijesinghe
Captain(s) Fazil Marija
Roshan Weerarathne (Acting)
League(s) Dialog Rugby League
Clifford Cup
2016-17 Dialog Rugby League season 1
Team kit
Official website

Kandy Sports Club (better known as Kandy SC) is a Division 'A' rugby union team, based in Kandy, Sri Lanka, competing in the Dialog Rugby League. The club has been the most successful Sri Lankan club in the Sri Lanka Rugby Championship, winning ? titles, as well as twenty Clifford Cups, winning 18 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.[1] Kandy SC had won the league title for a record nine consecutive years between 2000 and 2009.[2]


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]



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 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 January 2017:[9]

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

Player Position Union
Hashan Fernando Prop Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Ganuka Dissanayake Prop Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Piyumal Manchanayake Prop Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Kishore Jehan Prop Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Dileepa Madhusanka Prop Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Lasitha Attanagoda Hooker Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Damith Dissanayake Hooker Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Yakoob Ali Hooker Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Uchitha Jayasooriya Hooker Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Gayan Rathnayake Lock Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Dimithri Wijethunga Lock Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Tharindu Chaturanga Lock Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Suhiru Anthony Lock Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Shehan Pathirane Lock Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Jason Dissanayake Flanker Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Raveen De Silva Flanker Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Shashike Jayawardena Number 8 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Buweneka Udangamuwa Number 8 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Player Position Union
Roshan Weeraratne (c) Scrum-half Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Srinath Sooriyabandara Scrum-half Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Fazil Marija Fly-half Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Arshad Jamaldeen Fly-half Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Lavanga Perera Centre Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Kanchana Ramanayake Centre Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Richard Dharmapala Centre Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Danushka Ranjan Centre Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Oshan Perera Centre Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Gayan Weeraratne Centre Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Danush Dayan Wing Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Vishwamithra Jayasinghe Wing Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Asitha Rathnayake Wing Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Anruddha Wilwara Wing Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Eranda Weerakkody Fullback Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Thilina Wijesinghe Fullback Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

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, Indrajith Bandaranayake, Nalaka Weerakkoddy, Leroy Fonseka, Manjula Pathirana, Shyam Sideek, Rizvi Suhaib, Inthi Marikar, Lasantha Wijesuriya, Fijians Kitioni Ratrudradra, Bati Penaia, Tony Greanny and Viliame Satala.[10]

Out of the key expat players over the years Meli Nakauta & Viliame Satala have represented Fiji in the World Cup in 1999, Manasa Qoro in 1987, while Kitioni Ratudrara, & Apisai Nagata have also represented Fiji at the highest level


Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Title sponsor
2000– Canterbury of New Zealand Cargills (Ceylon) PLCEtisalat (Sri Lanka)Singer Corporation

Club honours[edit]

This is incomplete:

See also[edit]


External links[edit]