Since tasting success back in 2013/14, Navy SC has failed to reach the pinnacle of the Dialog Rugby League but look to be a contender for the title with a bigger, faster and stronger looking squad this time around.

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Recent past

Navy, in their standards, had a rather dismal season last time around, managing just 7 wins in 14 matches. The 2015/16 season started with a narrow loss and seemed to never get going from then on.

Navy SC managed to sign the most sought after youngster Omalka Gunarathne last season and he proved to be a handful from the tail of the scrum. The ever understated Thilina Weerasinghe made sure the 2015/16 season was an unforgettable one for him as he ran away with the title for highest points scorer with 146 points under his belt.

Even though individually a couple of players shone during last season, the team on the whole failed to threaten the big three, (Kandy, Havelocks and CR & FC) managing just one win and a draw from the six fixtures against Kandy, Havelocks and CR & FC. The losses meant that Navy had to be satisfied with a 4th place finish in the league table.

The Squad

Experienced heads

The likes of Dhanushka Perera, who has been at Navy for the past couple of seasons will be looked up to as he slots in the open side flanker position. Having years of club rugby experience and National team experience will play a major role as he tussles at the break down for Navy SC.

Captain Roshan Ranasinghe, weighing in at 107kg at Prop, will be the one the lads look to to lead the pack of Navy forwards.

Chanaka Chandimal would look to direct traffic and pull the strings for the Sailors standing at Fly half while partner and the smallest player in the team Suranga Pushpakumara will look to provide support from the Scrum half position.

Thilina Weerasinghe will look to replicate his performance from last season, where he scored the most points. Weerasinghe must be absolutely disappointed not to have his Tuskers call despite his heroic performance. Lee Keegal and fellow back Dinusha Chathuranga will be pivotal for Navy in attack and will look to stand tall in defence as Navy push towards glory.

Young Blood

Buddima Priyarathna, the young Sri Lanka representative would look to insert himself on the club rugby scene and make an impact this season as the last one was one to forget.

Former Josephian Stephan Gregory, the 120kg forward, will be a welcome boost for Navy with Omalka gone.

Chanaka Chandimal will have to take his game to the next level with youngster Isuru Konngahawatta coming into the squad following a good season with schools’ champions Isipathana College.

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Back Room Staff

Coming back to take over at Navy, Mothilal Jayathilake will look to implement his style and make some tweaks in the game plans of Navy as he looks to take the Sailors towards success. With a good knowledge base in strength and conditioning, Jayathilake will look to make a fit and powerful Navy outfit for this season.

Backs coach Dev Anand, who was at Navy as a player during the last few seasons, would look to make use of his knowledge as he looks to take the back line of Navy forward.

Long serving manager Menaka Suranga will continue this year as well.

Prospects for 2016/17: Navy have a squad that could potentially cause a few upsets this season and will be looking to improve their showing from last season this time around.

Squad 2016/17

  • Mothilal Jayathilake
    Coach
    Mothilal Jayathilake
    Coach

    Navy Rugby Team 2016 Coach

  • Roshan Ranasinghe
    Prop
    Roshan Ranasinghe
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    Height: 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 107

    Age: 33

    School: Bandaragama Central

  • Menaka Suranga
    Manager
    Menaka Suranga
    Manager

    Navy Rugby Team 2016 Manager

  • Nivanka Prasad
    Back Row
    Nivanka Prasad
    Back Row

    Position: Back Row

    Height: 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 93

    Age: 31

    School: Gampaha Rajasinghe Maha Vidyalaya

  • Viraj Perera
    Flanker
    Viraj Perera
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Age: 20

    School: St. Joseph's College

  • Matheesha Sarathchandra
    Second Row
    Matheesha Sarathchandra
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    Height: 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Age: 20

    School: Isipathana College

  • Supun Peiris
    Second Row
    Supun Peiris
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    Height: 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 93

    Age: 26

    School: Panadura Mahanama

  • Nisal Deshantha
    Hooker/ Flanker
    Nisal Deshantha
    Hooker/ Flanker

    Position: Hooker/ Flanker

    Height: 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 83

    Age: 21

    School: Isipathana College

  • Kasun De Silva
    Prop Forward
    Kasun De Silva
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 115

    Age: 27

    School: Thibirigaskatuwa Maha Vidyalaya

  • Janith Laksara
    Flanker
    Janith Laksara
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    Height: 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 81

    Age: 19

    School: Science College

  • Charith Janitha
    Prop Forward
    Charith Janitha
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    Height: 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 110

    Age: 19

    School: Science College

  • Buddima Priyarathna
    Full Back / Wing
    Buddima Priyarathna
    Full Back / Wing

    Position: Full Back/ Wing

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 72

    Age: 20

    School: D.S. Senanayake College

  • Nirosh Udayanga
    Second Row/ Flanker
    Nirosh Udayanga
    Second Row/ Flanker

    Position: Second Row / Flanker

    Height: 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 93

    Age: 19

    School: Science College

  • Thanuja Maduranga
    Center
    Thanuja Maduranga
    Center

    Position: Center

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 77

    Age: 19

    School: Science College

  • Hashan Maduranga
    Wing
    Hashan Maduranga
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    Height: 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Age: 23

    School: Science College

  • Saliya Handapangoda
    Wing
    Saliya Handapangoda
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    Height: 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 71

    Age: 30

    School: St. Luke's College

  • Udesh Madushanka
    Flanker
    Udesh Madushanka
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    Height: 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 93

    Age: 19

    School: Science College

  • Malka Madushan
    Center
    Malka Madushan
    Center

    Position: Center

    Height: 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Age: 21

    School: Kannangara College

  • Lahiru Lakshan
    Centre
    Lahiru Lakshan
    Centre

    Position: Center

    Height: 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 81

    Age: 19

    School: Kannangara College

  • Isuru Konngahawatta
    Fly Half
    Isuru Konngahawatta
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    Height: 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 69

    Age: 20

    School: Isipathana College

  • Ruwan Kumara
    Wing
    Ruwan Kumara
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Age: 27

    School: Lunuwatta NC

  • Chamith Madushanka
    Second Row
    Chamith Madushanka
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    Height: 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 91

    Age: 29

    School: Richmond College

  • Chathura Dilshan
    Number 8
    Chathura Dilshan
    Number 8

    Position: Number 8

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 98

    Age: 20

    School: Isipathana College

  • Harsha Maduranga
    Scrum Half
    Harsha Maduranga
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    Height: 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 69

    Age: 20

    School: Isipathana College

  • Dinesh De Silva
    Fly Half / Full Back
    Dinesh De Silva
    Fly Half / Full Back

    Position: Fly Half / Full Back

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 84

    Age: 23

    School: St. Joseph's College

  • Dhanushka Sandanuwan
    Prop
    Dhanushka Sandanuwan
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 106

    Age: 32

    School: St. Aloysius / St. Peter's College

  • Chanaka Chandimal
    Fly Half
    Chanaka Chandimal
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    Height: 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Age: 28

    School: Vidyartha College

  • Madushan Ayeshmantha
    Second Row / Flanker
    Madushan Ayeshmantha
    Second Row / Flanker

    Position: Second Row / Flanker

    Height: 6'

    Weight (kg): 88

    Age: 20

    School: Science College

  • Kanchana Perera
    Flanker
    Kanchana Perera
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 79

    Age: 23

    School: Science College

  • Thilina Weerasinghe
    Full Back
    Thilina Weerasinghe
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    Height: 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 83

    Age: 24

    School: Kingswood College

  • Bhathiya Samaraweera
    Second Row
    Bhathiya Samaraweera
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    Height: 6' 4"

    Weight (kg): 97

    Age: 27

    School: Kingswood College

  • Nawalage Pushpakumara
    Fly Half / Center
    Nawalage Pushpakumara
    Fly Half / Center

    Position: Fly Half / Center

    Height: 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 83

    Age: 25

    School: Science College

  • Adeesha Weerathunga
    Second Row / Flanker
    Adeesha Weerathunga
    Second Row / Flanker

    Position: Second Row / Flanker

    Height: 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Age: 19

    School: Isipathana College

  • Dhanushka Perera
    Flanker
    Dhanushka Perera
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    Height: 6'

    Weight (kg): 97

    Age: 30

    School: St. Joseph's College

  • Suranga Pushpakumara
    Scrum Half
    Suranga Pushpakumara
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    Height: 5' 1"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Age: 30

    School: Trinity College

  • Niranjan Wickramarathne
    Wing
    Niranjan Wickramarathne
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    Height: 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 86

    Age: 29

    School: Wesley College

  • Richie Dharmapala
    Scrum Half / Fly Half
    Richie Dharmapala
    Scrum Half / Fly Half

    Position: Scrum Half / Fly Half

    Height: 5' 3"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Age: 24

    School: Science College

  • Stephan Gregory
    Prop Forward
    Stephan Gregory
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop

    Height: 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 120

    Age: 21

    School: St. Joseph's College

  • Dinusha Chathuranga
    Wing
    Dinusha Chathuranga
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    Height: 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 83

    Age: 27

    School: Isipathana College

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  • Lahiru Wishwajith
    Second Row
    Lahiru Wishwajith
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    Height: 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 115

    Age: 20

    School: Isipathana College

  • Kosala Thisera
    Center
    Kosala Thisera
    Center

    Position: Center

    Height: 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Age: 29

    School: Trinity College

  • Sathya Ranathunga
    Prop Forward
    Sathya Ranathunga
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    Height: 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 110

    Age: 27

    School: Trinity College

  • Sanka Dinesh
    Flanker
    Sanka Dinesh
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    Height: 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Age: 28

    School: Katugasthota Rahula

  • Amith Gunasinghe
    Hooker
    Amith Gunasinghe
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    Height: 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 90

    Age: 27

    School: Darmadutha College

  • Dulanjana Wijesinghe
    Hooker
    Dulanjana Wijesinghe
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    Height: 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 110

    Age: 26

    School: Wesley College

  • Lee Keegal
    Center
    Lee Keegal
    Center

    Position: Center

    Height: 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Age: 25

    School: St. Peter's College

  • Dev Anand
    Backs Coach
    Dev Anand
    Backs Coach

    Navy Rugby Team 2016 Backs Coach

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