The 70’s and 80’s were somewhat considered golden years for Sri Lankan rugby, where invitations for international tournaments flew in from far and wide. The bowl trophy at the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens was probably the centrepiece of the trophy cabinet, bagged by the class of 1984, which featured the likes of Chandrishan Perera, Saman Jayasinghe and Hisham Abdeen.
Sri Lanka rugby began its year by winning the division two of the Asian 5 nation’s fifteen-a-side rugby held in Singapore beating Chinese Taipei by 37 points to 7 and then the hosts Singapore with a score line of 23 points to 16.
St.Joseph’s College Colombo 10 after earning a place to remain in the A division will be deemed as one of the highly spirited teams to engage in battle for the converted A division title this season. Joes have produced some great players in the past; Dhanushka, Henry and Chanaka Peters amongst them as well as Pium Jayasinghe , Malintha Soysa and last year’s’ Incredible hulk’Yohan Keyser.
While the Island readies itself for the most anticipated rugby season of 2013 which will kick start this week, the rightful heirs of the rugby crown in the sporting arena are making the adequate preparations in their den to avenge the battlefield this weekend.
Malinga is a village boy who did not know how to speak english or behave in front of a camera. His job was to play cricket and does it well.