With a relatively new set of players and a new coaching set up, it is a transition period for the defending champions Isipathana but the Havelock town school have set their sights on the title this season too.

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Blast from the past

Isipathana Rugby may have a history of just 54 years but the ‘Greens’ have carved their name into the history books as one of the most successful teams to grace the sport in the country. Taking up rugby in only 1963, Isipathana who are also known as the “Green Machine” have the honour of being the most decorated Rugby playing school in the island, having racked up a staggering 66 cup championships in the Under 20 segment alone, the most by any school team in the island. The school has also produced the highest number of players to the national grid, with more than 60 players going on to represent the “Tuskers”. Apart from the 7s, Schools League and Knockout Championships, Isipathana plays two annual trophy games against their traditional rivals Thurstan College for the Abdul Jabbar Trophy and against Royal College for the Major Milroy Fernando Trophy.

Last Season

Having lost 11 players from the star studded 2015 outfit many rugby pundits did not consider Isipathana a realistic threat last season but Kushan Indunil and his team defied all odds and proved critics wrong as they emerged unbeaten League and President’s trophy champions. In addition, the team won the Zahira invitational 7s tournament while Sumudu Rankothge led the team who went on to clinch the inaugural Dialog Super 7s championship.

7 players, namely Kushan Indunil, Gayan Wickramarathne, Vageesha Weerasinghe, Adeesha Weerathunge, Lahiru Wishwajith, Isuru Udayakumara and Harith Bandara went on to represent the Under 20 National team while Sumudu Rankothge, Chamod Fernando and Harith Bandara represented the champion Sri Lanka under 18 team capping off a fine year for the Greens.

Players to watch out for

Sumudu Rankothge

Sumudu Rankothge will lead the Green Machine for the 2017 season. His center combination with last year’s skipper Kushan Indunil proved to be lethal and many dubbed the duo as the best Center pairing of the decade. His performance was richly rewarded with a place in the under 18 national 7s team where he was also appointed as the vice-captain. Playing his 4th year for the Isipathana 1st XV side, it will be interesting to see how Sumudu performs with the added responsibility of leading the team.

Chamod Fernando

Chamodh Fernando had splendid season last year, scoring many tries while also setting up scoring opportunities for his team mates. Chamodh who is also a 4th year player, is the vice-captain of the side. Playing as a wing three quarter, his runs proved too hot to handle for many opposition defenders and turned out to be a decisive factor in Isipathana’s title wins last year.

Devin Gunarathna

Devin Gunarathne may not have the physique of his elder brother Omalka but he plays his own game, complimenting Isipathana’s famous fast, open style of play. Devin will don the crucial No.08 jersey this season and will have to lead the fairly inexperienced Isipathana forward unit. Just as last year’s No.08 Vageesha Weerasinghe, Devin too is not the biggest No.08’s one would see this season but he surely has the potential to deliver the goods.

Harith Bandara

Harith Bandara, the Nippy scrum half is a silent figure and his diminutive presence usually does fool the opposition. Playing as scrum half for the 3rd year, Harith can spark things out of nothing and his performance will be crucial if Isipathana are to defend their titles successfully. Harith, who was named MVP in both the Milo Presidents trophy and Asia Under 18 rugby championships last year will hope to use all the experience he has gained and play a leading role in his final year at Isipathana.

Coaching staff

Ex Isipathanian Lasintha De Costa has been appointed as the head coach of the 2017 Isipathana 1st XV Rugby team. The former CR & FC and Sri Lanka cap has been involved with the junior Rugby set up at Isipathana since 2014 and will have the knowledge on how to get the best out of the current squad. Despite this being his 1st assignment with the 1st XV team, Lasintha is confident and ready to take on the challenge that lies ahead. He will be assisted by another Sri Lanka cap, Bilal Hassen who will take control of the forwards and will have a daunting task of molding a battle ready outfit while Benedict Perera will be in charge of the Strength and conditioning aspect of the team. The trio will complete a rather youthful coaching set up at Isipathana this year.  In addition Rizah Mubarak has been given the role of kicking coach to help improve the players with their kicking duties.

“every team will be tough this year, so we will go match by match” Captain – Sumudu Rankothge

“Coaching Isipathana is always a pressure task as we have been champions many times, but i have taken the challenge and we will ply well to defend the title” – Coach – Lasintha De Costa

Squad 2017

  • Everyone
  • Center
  • Flanker
  • Fly Half
  • Full Back
  • Hooker
  • Number 8
  • Prop
  • Scrum Half
  • Second Row
  • Wing
  • Sumudu Rankothge (C)
    Center
    Sumudu Rankothge (C)
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 27/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 4

  • Lasintha De Costa
    Head Coach
    Lasintha De Costa
    Head Coach

    Isipathana College Rugby Team 2017 Head Coach

  • Ben Perera
    Trainer - Strengthning & Conditioning
    Ben Perera
    Trainer - Strengthning & Conditioning

    Isipathana College Rugby Team 2017 Trainer - Strengthning & Conditioning

  • Dinesh Mudannayake
    Manager
    Dinesh Mudannayake
    Manager

    Isipathana College Rugby Team 2017 Manager

  • Chamod Fernando
    Wing
    Chamod Fernando
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 24/04/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 4

  • Harith Bandara
    Scrum Half
    Harith Bandara
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 08/08/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 62

    Years in play: 3

  • Devin Gunarathna
    Number 8
    Devin Gunarathna
    Number 8

    Position: Number 8

    D.O.B: 06/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 3

  • Randy Ocean Silva
    Fly Half
    Randy Ocean Silva
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 06/07/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 73

    Years in play: 3

  • Anjana Thushan
    Fly Half / Full back
    Anjana Thushan
    Fly Half / Full back

    Position: Fly Half / Full back

    D.O.B: 12/10/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 73

    Years in play: 1

  • Dileeka Viduranga Hettiarachchi
    Full Back
    Dileeka Viduranga Hettiarachchi
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 08/04/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 4"

    Weight (kg): 56

    Years in play: 3

  • Danushka Madusanka
    Prop
    Danushka Madusanka
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 23/04/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 100

    Years in play: 1

  • Faaiq Jamaldeen
    Fly Half
    Faaiq Jamaldeen
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 05/09/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 72

    Years in play: 2

  • Supun Tharusha
    Fly Half /Full Back
    Supun Tharusha
    Fly Half /Full Back

    Position: Fly Half / Full Back

    D.O.B: 07/02/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 54

    Years in play: 1

  • Dulanjana Kavindu
    Number 8 / Hooker
    Dulanjana Kavindu
    Number 8 / Hooker

    Position: Number 8 / Hooker

    D.O.B: 27/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 74

    Years in play: 1

  • Sandun Avishka
    Center / wing
    Sandun Avishka
    Center / wing

    Position: Center / wing

    D.O.B: 12/03/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 63

    Years in play: 2

  • Vimesh Warnapura
    Prop / Second Row
    Vimesh Warnapura
    Prop / Second Row

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 02/06/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 104

    Years in play: 1

  • Dilshan Verkise
    Hooker
    Dilshan Verkise
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 09/08/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 1

  • Kelum Lakmal
    Wing / Center
    Kelum Lakmal
    Wing / Center

    Position: Wing / Center

    D.O.B: 26/02/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Chamath Kilan
    Scrum Half
    Chamath Kilan
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 17/11/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 1

  • Ramash Sachintha
    Prop
    Ramash Sachintha
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 31/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 96

    Years in play: 1

  • Vinoga Keshava
    Wing
    Vinoga Keshava
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 13/12/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 73

    Years in play: 1

  • Nadeesha Chaminda
    Wing / Center
    Nadeesha Chaminda
    Wing / Center

    Position: Wing / Center

    D.O.B: 05/04/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 74

    Years in play: 2

  • Sudeera Dissanayake
    Second Row
    Sudeera Dissanayake
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 22/04/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 3

  • Manilka Sulakshana
    Center
    Manilka Sulakshana
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 27/01/2001

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 81

    Years in play: 3

  • Vikash Vimadhawa
    Prop
    Vikash Vimadhawa
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 05/03/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 110

    Years in play: 3

  • Nasran Nilamudeen
    Flanker
    Nasran Nilamudeen
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 21/06/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 73

    Years in play: 2

  • Binura Yesvin
    Wing
    Binura Yesvin
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 16/10/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Manoj Gautham
    Flanker
    Manoj Gautham
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 11/11/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Vishwa Kalpana
    Second Row
    Vishwa Kalpana
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 17/10/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Chamod Sandaruwan
    Second Row
    Chamod Sandaruwan
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 19/10/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 1

  • Nisalka Perera
    Second Row
    Nisalka Perera
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 14/03/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Dilshan Kumara
    Scrum Half
    Dilshan Kumara
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 07/09/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 3"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Kushmal Rathnaweera
    Hooker
    Kushmal Rathnaweera
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 25/02/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Pasindu Dissanayake
    Prop
    Pasindu Dissanayake
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 30/08/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 90

    Years in play: 1

  • Manula Rathnayake
    Full Back
    Manula Rathnayake
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 22/08/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Umesh Jayamanne
    Flanker
    Umesh Jayamanne
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 26/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 79

    Years in play: 3

  • Upaka Hasantha
    Scrum Half
    Upaka Hasantha
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 23/10/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 52

    Years in play: 1

  • Janith Shehan
    Wing
    Janith Shehan
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 26/09/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 1

  • Renuja Silva
    Fly Half / Full Back
    Renuja Silva
    Fly Half / Full Back

    Position: Fly Half / Full Back

    D.O.B: 06/05/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Dinith Galhena
    Number 8 / Flanker
    Dinith Galhena
    Number 8 / Flanker

    Position: Number 8 / Flanker

    D.O.B: 23/10/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 74

    Years in play: 2

  • Hasindu Shanilka
    Second Row / Flanker
    Hasindu Shanilka
    Second Row / Flanker

    Position: Second Row / Flanker

    D.O.B: 31/03/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 1

  • Ilusha Yasas
    Second Row
    Ilusha Yasas
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 10/12/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 1"

    Weight (kg): 79

    Years in play: 3

  • Janith Serasinghe
    Flanker
    Janith Serasinghe
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 17/07/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Ravindu Anjula
    Second Row
    Ravindu Anjula
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 21/07/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 74

    Years in play: 2

  • Duvindu Charith
    Second Row / Prop
    Duvindu Charith
    Second Row / Prop

    Position: Second Row / Prop

    D.O.B: 29/08/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 86

    Years in play: 1

  • Ramitha Himash
    Wing
    Ramitha Himash
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 22/01/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 4"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Nepun Nirmala
    Hooker
    Nepun Nirmala
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 20/10/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 64

    Years in play: 1

  • Ahamed Azmie
    Flanker
    Ahamed Azmie
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 02/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 3"

    Weight (kg): 66

    Years in play: 3

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