The Colombo ‘Blues’ and the Kandy ‘Reds’ Rugby encounter is back for this year’s edition and is set to kick off on the 6th of October at the Racecourse grounds.
ThePapare.com’s Colombo vs Kandy Rugby schools encounter is a two legged series that will be played between 2 teams comprised of players from the top schools in Colombo and top schools in Kandy. Apart from the thrilling action and entertainment, the match will also act as a selection trial for the Asia U19 Rugby Championship that will be held in December 2018.
Colombo Blues are the defending Champions after winning the title at Havelock Park for the third consecutive year in 2016 under Nikhila Gunadeera’s captaincy. This year as well, Colombo Blues are the favourites to defend their title as the squad looks to be an impressive outfit on paper.
Senior campaigners Daiyan Sabar of Wesley and Gamunu Chethiya of St. Joseph’s are the only returning players from last year’s Sri Lanka Under 19 XV’s side and they will look to bring in the experience to the side, when they play the Kandy combined outfit.
Colombo Blues Squad
Daiyan Sabar (Wesley College), Maleesha Madumewan (Royal), Fadhil Adhan (Royal), Ifham Fareed (Royal), Christian De Lile (S. Thomas’), Tharindu De Alwis (St. Joseph’s College), Tharindu Hasith (Wesley), Adeesha Handunpathirana (S. Thomas’), Javidu Fernando (St. Peter’s), Harith Senanayake (S. Thomas’), Julian Charles (St. Peter’s), Ravindu Anjula (Isipathana), Shevon Gregory (St. Joseph’s), Abdullah Faiz (St. Peter’s), Thuwan Zamil (Lumbini), Shehan Eranda (St. Jospeh’s), Hiamantha Hirushan (Royal), Shamika Milinda (Science), Lakshan Uduwana (St. Peter’s College)
Gamunu Chethiya (St. Joseph’s College), Nikhil De Silva (Royal), Sabith Feroz (Royal), Shan Akila (St. Joseph’s College), Kavinda Keshan (St. Joseph’s), Kenneth Wimaladasa (St. Peter’s), Rukshan Madhushanka (St. Peter’s), Jason Karunarathna (St. Peter’s), Risith Fernando (Royal), Mubeen Faleel (Royal), Shenol Shenuka (St. Peter’s), Kalindu Nandila (Royal), Janidu Dilshan (Royal)
The team will be coached by Dushanth Lewke, the league winning coach. His counterpart will be Ananda Kasthuriarachchi who will be in charge of the Kandy combined side.
The Kandy side will be announced shortly.
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