New Captain to lead the Thomian legion

Schools Rugby 2019


S. Thomas’ College has appointed Harith Senanayake as the skipper of the 2019 S. Thomas’ College Rugby team ahead of the upcoming Schools Rugby season.

Coming from a family of Thomian rugby captains, Harith Senanayake is the youngest of the Senanayake brothers’, who has been handed this privilege of captaining his alma mater in his fourth and final year. His older brothers’ – Hashaka Senanayake and Hasitha Senanayake led  S. Thomas’ in 2014 and 2015 respectively. However, after the youngest of the Rajapakshe’s completed a trio of rugby captains back in 2008, Harith’s appointment will now repeat the same scenario eleven years later.

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Playing as a second row jumper, Senanayake is undoubtedly the most experience campaigner in the team, alongside Adeesha Handunpathirana who represented the U19 Sri Lanka Rugby team at the Junior ASIAD 2018. The duo also donned the Colombo Blues jersey in “ThePapare All Star: Colombo Blues vs Kandy Reds encounter 2018”.

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Senanayake is well known for his reliability in the lineouts, and his game awareness in broken play. He is also a specialist in winning possession for his side at the breakdowns using his turn over abilities.

However, this will be a real challenge for the young Thomian as it will truly test his skills in both, acting under pressure and decision making.  Having lost not too many players from last year, Senanayake leads a well-balanced side with ample experience, making his chances of topping last year’s 5th place (Plate Champs) finish, bit higher.

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With a highly celebrated coaching staff comprising of former Zahira College head coach Shamly Nawaz and Lines coach Dylan Soyza, the Thomian rugby fraternity has high hopes for a top finish in the upcoming season.

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The newly appointed captain also has the likes of players like Lashandra De Silva and Revankd Abeywardena, who were standout players from last year. With high expectations on the line, Senanayake and his troops have a tough task lying ahead of them.