The Colombo ‘Blues’ and the Kandy ‘Reds’ Rugby encounter is back this year and is set to kick off on the 5th of October.
The Kandy ‘Reds’ are yet to win the encounter since they last clinched the trophy in 2013, as the Colombo ‘Blues’ have been dominating the field since the first encounter in 2011. This year as well, Colombo are the favourites to win as the Blues team have the better team on paper.
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Apart from the thrilling action and entertainment, the match will also act as a selection trial for the Asia U19 Rugby Championship which will be held in December 2018.
Senior campaigner from Kandy who represented the U19 Sri Lanka team at the ASIAD 2017 Shabeer Mohommed will most likely lead the Reds this year as he stands as the only experienced player who was a part of the Junior National team last year from a Kandy school. However, a few U18 National Sevens Players like Vishwa Ranaraja and Naveen Rajaratnam are included in the Kandy Reds squad and will definitely look forward to making it into the XV’s National team as well.
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Players from Sri Sumangala College, Vidyartha College and Maliyadeva College will also play a vital role for the Kandy ‘Reds’ as their performance in the Schools League was quite impressive.
The coaching department for the Reds will be led by Sumeda Malawana, the Vidyartha Head Coach and assisted by Ananda Kasthuriyarachchi (Maliyadeva Head Coach), and Dinesh Gamage (Kingswood Head Coach).
Kandy ‘Reds’ Squad;
Trinity College – Pravinda Wijethilaka, Vishwa Ranaraja, Avishka Sheik, Naween RajaratnamKingswood College – Tharindu Waligampala, Rashmika Chandrarathna, Janitha Rajanayake, Ilham Jaleel, Milan Weerasinghe, Tuan DilshanMaliyadeva – Lahiru Daulagala, Lahiru Herath, Kelum Madushan, Malitha Wijesundara, Himanka DhananjayaSt. Anthony’s – Ishara Liyanage, Suhail Waseem,Shabeer Iqbal, Janidu Himsara, Kavishka Jayasuriya, Ruvan Amerasinghe, Mathish AmerasingheVidyartha College – Tharindu Hettiarachchi, T. R. Rathnayake, K. L. Bandara,Dilshara Kodagoda, M. S. Kalugampitiya, T. S. Umayanga, P. U. Jayakody, N. K. BandaraSri Sumangala College – Mohommed Akeel, K. R. Bandara, J. Wikumsekara, Kavishka wanigasingheSt. Sylvester’s college – R. S. Pathirana
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