Sri Lanka Army Sports Club (rugby)

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Sri Lanka Army Sports Club
Union Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union
Founded 1963
Location Sri Lanka
Ground(s) Diyagama
Coach(es) Feveri Verebula
Captain(s) Asoka Jayalal
League(s) Dialog Rugby League
Clifford Cup
2016-17 Dialog Rugby League season 6

Sri Lanka Army Sports Club is a Division 'A' rugby union team based in Sri Lanka that plays in the Dialog Rugby League in Sri Lanka. It is the rugby union team of the Sri Lanka Army Sports Club and was founded in 1963.[1]

History[edit]

In 1961 Army SC together with Division 'B' teams from Air Force, Navy, Police SC and University were permitted to play alongside the Division 'A' clubs, Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club, Colombo Hockey and Football Club, Havelock SC, Kandy SC, Dimbula Athletic & Cricket Club, Dickoya Maskeliya Cricket Club, Uva and Kelani Valley Club in the Clifford Cup competition. The expanded competition, allowed all thirteen clubs to play each other once on a home and away basis in alternate years and at the end of the season the best eight teams went on to play in a knock-out tournament for the Clifford Cup.

In 1973 Army SC, captained by S.P. de Silva, shared the Clifford Cup with Police SC following a 19 all draw.[2] It wasn't until 1975, under Saliya Udugama, that Army SC won the Clifford Cup outright for the first time by beating Air Force SC[3] 4–3.[2]

In 1978 the Clifford Cup was awarded to the League Champions and the knockout competition was played for SLRFU President's Trophy. In 1979 Army SC won the President's Trophy at Galle Face, led by Daya Ratnayake, beating a strong Havelock Sports Club 21–3. In 1981 Army won the President’s Trophy again under the captaincy of John Senaweera.

Clifford Cup[edit]

Club Wins Seasons
Army Sports Club 2 1973‡, 1975

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Etisalat empowers Sri Lanka Army rugby team". Daily FT. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Two Fijians prop army pack". Sunday Times. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Gunawardena, Milinda (22 May 2011). "Army determined to put up a good show this season". Sunday Leader. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 

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