D.S. Senanayake College has been an emerging name in the recent past by producing some talented players. A systematic failure by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) resulted in a court decision allowing the Dons to play in the top division, which was lawfully correct.

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Blast from the past

It was in 1980’s the Dons started their rugby and since 2010 they were sandwiched in C & B divisions. However, in the last two years they contested well in the plate segment in the top tier. The old boys have been trying to set up a strong infrastructure for the Dons to remain in the top division and to produce some good rugby players. The Dons have some experienced players who played last year and that will add some value to coach Sumeda Malawana’s team. Buddima Piyarathna was an outstanding product of D.S. Senanayake College, who played for Sri Lanka U20’s and is currently playing for the Navy SC team.

Last year

We saw Mohamed Ashraf’s team winning two games, with one draw and one loss in the plate segment. Having played their first game this year with a 54 – 25 defeat at the hands of St. Anthony’s, they have enough talent to survive in the top league.

Players to watch

Captain Gaveen Perera is a 5th year coloursman and a vital player at lock and at No8. With a height of 6.1 and weighing over 100kg his experience will be tested.

Inura Samarawickrama is a hard attacking flanker who’s playing in his 4th year and is another senior player in the team.

Mohamed Shimar will fill in the boots of last year captain at the pivotal fly half position. His decision making and game management will also be another crucial part for the Dons.

Coaching staff

Former national player Sumedha Malawana stated last year that all they want is to survive in the top division which he delivered. This year he will be eyeing an extra mile with this team. Havelocks fly half Niroshan Fernando has assumed duties as the assistant coach and he will work with the backs to counter the opposition.

Squad 2017

  • Everyone
  • Number 8
  • Prop
  • Second Row
  • Flanker
  • Hooker
  • Scrum Half
  • Full Back
  • Center
  • Fly Half
  • Wing
  • Gaveen Perera ©
    Second Row / Number 8
    Gaveen Perera ©
    Second Row / Number 8

    Position: Second Row / Number 8

    D.O.B: 07/29/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 108

    Years in play: 5

  • Sumedha Malawana
    Coach
    Sumedha Malawana
    Coach

    D. S. Senanayake College Rugby Team 2017 Head Coach

  • Niroshan Fernando
    Assistant Coach
    Niroshan Fernando
    Assistant Coach

    D. S. Senanayake College Rugby Team 2017 Assistant Coach

  • Suresh Kumar
    Master-in-Charge
    Suresh Kumar
    Master-in-Charge

    D. S. Senanayake College Rugby Team 2017 Master-in-Charge

  • S. Jayantha
    Manager
    S. Jayantha
    Manager

    D. S. Senanayake College Rugby Team 2017 Manager

  • Hasindha Dinusha
    Number 8
    Hasindha Dinusha
    Number 8

    Position: Number 8

    D.O.B: 03/21/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 83

    Years in play: 3

  • Kapila Munasinghe
    Trainer
    Kapila Munasinghe
    Trainer

    D. S. Senanayake College Rugby Team 2017 Trainer

  • Chanaka Madusanka
    Prop
    Chanaka Madusanka
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 02/26/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 86

    Years in play: 1

  • Bhagya Rathanayake
    Second Row / Flanker
    Bhagya Rathanayake
    Second Row / Flanker

    Position: Second Row / Flanker

    D.O.B: 10/31/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 2

  • Imaadh Siddik
    Prop
    Imaadh Siddik
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 12/21/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 91

    Years in play: 3

  • Inura Samarawickrema
    Flanker
    Inura Samarawickrema
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 05/19/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 4

  • Chamuka Sheshan
    Hooker
    Chamuka Sheshan
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 08/18/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 3

  • Sadisa Dilanga
    Scrum Half / Full back
    Sadisa Dilanga
    Scrum Half / Full back

    Position: Scrum Half / Full back 

    D.O.B: 06/12/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 58

    Years in play: 3

  • Samitha Ranga
    Flanker
    Samitha Ranga
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker 

    D.O.B: 07/24/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 81

    Years in play: 3

  • Vishal Wijesiri
    Center
    Vishal Wijesiri
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 01/29/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 3

  • Nethma Nanayakkara
    Flanker
    Nethma Nanayakkara
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker 

    D.O.B: 01/30/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 2

  • Mohamed Shimar
    Fly Half
    Mohamed Shimar
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half 

    D.O.B: 02/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 3

  • Lahiru Peiris
    Prop
    Lahiru Peiris
    Prop

    Position: Prop 

    D.O.B: 05/03/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 100

    Years in play: 2

  • Mahela Salgado
    Flanker
    Mahela Salgado
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 12/18/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 2

  • Isuru Eranga
    Wing
    Isuru Eranga
    Wing

    Position: Wing 

    D.O.B: 03/30/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 1

  • Kavinda Pathirana
    Center
    Kavinda Pathirana
    Center

    Position: Center 

    D.O.B: 10/02/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 2

  • Unesh Ishara
    Full Back
    Unesh Ishara
    Full Back

    Position: Full back 

    D.O.B: 12/13/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 59

    Years in play: 3

  • Dulaj Shane
    Second Row
    Dulaj Shane
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row 

    D.O.B: 09/25/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 2

  • Dhanidu Liyanage
    Wing / Full back
    Dhanidu Liyanage
    Wing / Full back

    Position: Wing / Full back

    D.O.B: 11/13/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 63

    Years in play: 2

  • Lalanka Wijesundara
    Wing
    Lalanka Wijesundara
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 09/18/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 2

  • Navid Sadik
    Flanker
    Navid Sadik
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 12/05/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 62

    Years in play: 1

  • Thilina Prabashana
    Full Back
    Thilina Prabashana
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back 

    D.O.B: 05/14/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Yehila Kushan
    Wing
    Yehila Kushan
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 05/04/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 2

  • Manula Ariyaratne
    Flanker / Hooker
    Manula Ariyaratne
    Flanker / Hooker

    Position: Flanker / Hooker

    D.O.B: 06/26/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Eeshaka Kariyawasam
    Wing / Second Row
    Eeshaka Kariyawasam
    Wing / Second Row

    Position: Wing / Second Row

    D.O.B: 06/22/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 2

  • Tharuka Shehan
    Wing
    Tharuka Shehan
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 06/10/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 64

    Years in play: 1

  • Sinthujan Saravanakumaran
    Flanker
    Sinthujan Saravanakumaran
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 03/27/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 74

    Years in play: 1

  • Ashoka Yathushan
    Prop
    Ashoka Yathushan
    Prop

    Position: Prop 

    D.O.B: 06/17/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 1

  • Kaveesha Thimira
    Second Row / Hooker
    Kaveesha Thimira
    Second Row / Hooker

    Position: Second Row / Hooker

    D.O.B: 11/25/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 2

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