After a below par campaign last season, things can get a lot better for the Rajans this time around as they look to ruffle a few feathers in the Schools Rugby competition.

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Blast from the past

Dharmaraja has had a short history in oval ball game in comparison to the other schools taking part in the tournament this season. Despite this, they have produced some classy players over the years in the caliber Radika Hettiarachchi, Thilina Wijesinghe, Buwaneka Udangamuwa, Rochana Hettiarachchi, and Nuwan Hettiarachchi. All these players who wore the school jersey for their alma mater have gone onto represent the country at various levels.

Having won the Division II title in the 2012 season they were promoted once again to the top division of the league. They had a magical year under the captaincy of Rochana Hettiarachchi in 2013 where they went on to be unbeaten champions.

Last Year

For the Rajans it was a year to forget, they got off to a bad start with a heavy loss at the hands of Isipathana at Havelock Park. Although there were some good individual performances and glimpses of excellent play from time to time, they couldn’t really add up the finishing moves to end on the winning side. However they did secure wins against Kingswood, Prince of Wales, Mahanama and D.S.Senanayake at the end of the season, after being demoted to the qualifying tier.

This year they look a different outfit with a few players leaving the first fifteen from the last season. Rajans will look to take advantage of the home conditions at Bogambara where they will play three of the five matches in the first half of the season; games that are likely to decide their fate in the second half of the season. The lads from Dharmaraja will kick off the season in the opening week against defending champions Isipathana at Bogambara.

Players to watch out for

Chamika Perera

Chamika Perera: He is a versatile player who is expected to start in the vital Fly Half position where he is known for his playmaking and decision making; He can also be a handful at the Full Back position where he started his school career. Currently playing his final and 5th year for his alma mater he has been entrusted with leading the Rajans on the field.

Romesh Anandaraja: He is known for his ball carrying ability and as a prop forward, he also plays a vital role in the scrums. Last season he one of the bright prospects of the Dharmaraja team. He is currently playing his third year and will be looking to improve his performance from last year.

Bawantha Udangamuwa: A bulky center who can penetrate any defense with ease, much like his brother (Buwaneka Udangamuwa), he is a strong lad who has both pace and power. He missed out on a majority of the last season due injury and with an year left in his school career he will be determined to make his presence felt this season.

Tharuka Galapitagedara: The little scrum half possesses a good set of handling skills and is also a team player who has a cool head on his shoulders when it comes to decision making, prompting the school to give him the vice-captaincy. Tharuka is capable of taking the kicking duties when necessary and is also considered a utility back.

Coaching staff

The appointment of Kapila Silva who is also the current manager of the Kandy Sports Club is an excellent move by the Rajans. Athula Wijewickrama will be their trainer and Sanjaya Saparamadhu is assigned the position of manager. The master in charge of the rugby team is Alexander Saliya.

Squad 2017

  • Everyone
  • Full Back
  • Fly Half
  • Number 8
  • Wing
  • Prop
  • Lock
  • Flanker
  • Center
  • Second Row
  • Hooker
  • Scrum Half
  • Chamika Perera (C)
    Fly Half / Full Back
    Chamika Perera (C)
    Fly Half / Full Back

    Position: Fly Half / Full Back

    D.O.B: 04/14/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 4

  • Kapila Silva
    Coach
    Kapila Silva
    Coach

    Dharmaraja College Rugby Team 2017 Head Coach

  • Sanjaya Saparamadhu
    Manager
    Sanjaya Saparamadhu
    Manager

    Dharmaraja College Rugby Team 2017 Manager

  • Athula Wijewickrama
    Trainer
    Athula Wijewickrama
    Trainer

    Dharmaraja College Rugby Team 2017 Trainer

  • Tharuka Galapitagedara (VC)
    Scrum Half / Wing
    Tharuka Galapitagedara (VC)
    Scrum Half / Wing

    Position: Scrum Half / Wing

    D.O.B: 10/21/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 67

    Years in play: 4

  • Nipun Tharaka Silva
    Number 8
    Nipun Tharaka Silva
    Number 8

    Position: Number 8

    D.O.B: 05/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 2

  • Gihan Ishara Deshapriya
    Full Back / Wing
    Gihan Ishara Deshapriya
    Full Back / Wing

    Position: Full Back / Wing

    D.O.B: 03/08/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 4

  • Pramud Shanalka
    Lock / Prop
    Pramud Shanalka
    Lock / Prop

    Position: Lock / Prop

    D.O.B: 03/29/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 122

    Years in play: 4

  • Hirushan Maduwantha
    Lock / Prop
    Hirushan Maduwantha
    Lock / Prop

    Position: Lock / Prop

    D.O.B: 10/16/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 96

    Years in play: 3

  • Chathura Ekanayake
    Wing
    Chathura Ekanayake
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 04/02/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 67

    Years in play: 2

  • Gihan Malinga
    Center
    Gihan Malinga
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 06/01/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 87

    Years in play: 4

  • Shanilka Ratnaweera
    Wing
    Shanilka Ratnaweera
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 01/15/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 59

    Years in play: 3

  • Chanidu Abeyrathna
    Flanker / Second Row
    Chanidu Abeyrathna
    Flanker / Second Row

    Position: Flanker / Second Row 

    D.O.B: 10/06/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 2

  • Dilhan Dhananjaya
    Flanker
    Dilhan Dhananjaya
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 01/22/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 72

    Years in play: 3

  • Supun Wijesiri
    Scrum Half / Wing
    Supun Wijesiri
    Scrum Half / Wing

    Position: Scrum Half / Wing

    D.O.B: 10/06/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Kanchana Weerasekara
    Second Row
    Kanchana Weerasekara
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 11/16/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 1

  • Geeshapa Kulathunga
    Center / Fly Half / Wing
    Geeshapa Kulathunga
    Center / Fly Half / Wing

    Position: Center / Fly Half / Wing

    D.O.B: 02/12/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 2

  • Rakindu Karunathilake
    Flanker / Second Row
    Rakindu Karunathilake
    Flanker / Second Row

    Position: Flanker / Second Row 

    D.O.B: 02/12/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 2

  • Pramudith Hasaranga
    Flanker/ Number 8
    Pramudith Hasaranga
    Flanker/ Number 8

    Position: Flanker / Number 8

    D.O.B: 06/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 3

  • Hasintha Lakshan
    Flanker / Number 8
    Hasintha Lakshan
    Flanker / Number 8

    Position: Flanker / Number 8

    D.O.B: 04/04/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 84

    Years in play: 3

  • Ushan Arampath
    Second Row
    Ushan Arampath
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 03/05/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 105

    Years in play: 5

  • Bawantha Udangamuwa
    Center
    Bawantha Udangamuwa
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 08/01/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 97

    Years in play: 5

  • Chanuka Gayashan
    Scrum Half
    Chanuka Gayashan
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 10/27/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 59

    Years in play: 3

  • Asanka Pradeep
    Hooker
    Asanka Pradeep
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 06/27/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 2

  • Anjana Amaraweera
    Second Row
    Anjana Amaraweera
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 08/23/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 2

  • Dula Tharishka
    Center / Wing
    Dula Tharishka
    Center / Wing

    Position: Center / Wing

    D.O.B: 03/18/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 2

  • Oshadha Kulupana
    Fly Half / Full Back / Wing
    Oshadha Kulupana
    Fly Half / Full Back / Wing

    Position: Fly Half / Full Back / Wing

    D.O.B: 01/09/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 61

    Years in play: 2

  • Lasantha Sameera Basnayake
    Wing
    Lasantha Sameera Basnayake
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 06/14/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 57

    Years in play: 1

  • Nirmala Avishka
    Center
    Nirmala Avishka
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 11/10/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 73

    Years in play: 1

  • Manuka Hiyarapitiya
    Hooker / Second Row
    Manuka Hiyarapitiya
    Hooker / Second Row

    Position: Hooker / Second Row

    D.O.B: 02/23/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 3

  • Romesh Ananda Raja
    Lock / Prop
    Romesh Ananda Raja
    Lock / Prop

    Position: Lock / Prop

    D.O.B: 08/28/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 110

    Years in play: 3

  • Adeesha Dissanayaka
    Lock / Prop
    Adeesha Dissanayaka
    Lock / Prop

    Position: Lock / Prop

    D.O.B: 09/29/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 95

    Years in play: 2

  • Tharindu Kapuwatta
    Flanker
    Tharindu Kapuwatta
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 11/09/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 72

    Years in play: 2

  • Malintha Rajapaksha
    Wing / Full Back
    Malintha Rajapaksha
    Wing / Full Back

    Position: Wing / Full Back

    D.O.B: 05/23/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 66

    Years in play: 2

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