The Royal College outfit comes into this season following the loss of 8 players from last season. However, a promising group of youngsters is pipped to step up the plate.

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Blast from the past

Royal College boasts a prestigious rugby history since it’s inception back in 1916. Four years down the line Royal took on Trinity College, a game that is played to date and famously known as the Bradby. The shield was introduced in 1945 by Royal College principal E. L. Bradby.

Royal managed to secure championships in 2011 and 2015 even though they failed to secure the Bradby shield in 2011 and had to settle to share the 2016 shield with Trinity.

Last Season

Royal College did not manage to match the feat of 2015 where they were placed unbeaten champions as the had to be content with a third place finish.

The team from Reid Avenue lost 8 players from last season but the experience of Ovin Askey will be looked up to this season as he looks to guide his team to match the 2015 team.

The Royalists had to share the Bradby shield last season even though they won the first leg at home.

Players to watch out for:

Askey

Captain and third year player, Ovin Askey will be a man to watch at fly half. He was entrusted with kicking duties last season scoring 47 points and will hope to repeat his feat this season. His experience from playing first team rugby over the past season will surely contribute to his leadership this season.

Number 8 Hamza Reeza will play a vital role from the tale of the scrum. He managed 4 tires last season and will no doubtedly aim to improve on that feat this season.

Lennox Calyaneratne will be another man in the back line to watch out for. He has been in the fringes of the 1st XV team and will look to add his impetus to the team this season. He will also look to lead the line from either first receiver of fullback.

Vice captain Sabith Feroze will be looked up to in the try scoring department. The winger has been in good touch for the Royalists the past couple of season and will aim to repeat his previous seasons this year around.

Coaching Staff

Sanath Martis – The veteran coach will continue at the helm at Royal. He will undoubtedly want to repeat what he did in 2015 and become champions.

Dushanth Lewke – former Royalist will continue as assistant coach, forwards coach and also as the trainer. He has done the pre-season training in the gym and at the grounds

Verdict for 2017

Royal College will feel the loss of players from last season but will hope their youngsters and seniors step up to the task at hand this season.

Squad 2017

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

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 20/09/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 3

  • Sabith Feroze
    Wing Three Quarter
    Sabith Feroze
    Wing Three Quarter

    Position: Wing Three Quarter

    D.O.B: 11/03/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 3

  • Nikhil George
    Full Back
    Nikhil George
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 26/07/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 71

    Years in play: 2

  • Thulaib Hassen
    Centre
    Thulaib Hassen
    Centre

    Position: Centre

    D.O.B: 31/10/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 84

    Years in play: 2

  • Ashen Fernando
    Prop Forward
    Ashen Fernando
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    D.O.B: 12/02/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 98

    Years in play: 2

  • Janidu Dilshan
    Centre
    Janidu Dilshan
    Centre

    Position: Centre

    D.O.B: 12/02/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 2

  • Lennox Calyaneratne
    Fly Half / Centre
    Lennox Calyaneratne
    Fly Half / Centre

    Position: Fly Half / Centre

    D.O.B: 03/01/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 2

  • Shenuka Perera
    Wing three Quarter / Full Back
    Shenuka Perera
    Wing three Quarter / Full Back

    Position: Wing Three Quarter / Full Back

    D.O.B: 22/10/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 2

  • Ebrahim Barrie
    Flanker / Hooker
    Ebrahim Barrie
    Flanker / Hooker

    Position: Flanker / Hooker

    D.O.B: 06/11/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 2

  • Sasitha Siyath
    Second Row
    Sasitha Siyath
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 21/10/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 86

    Years in play: 1

  • Chamal Rajapaksha
    Prop Forward
    Chamal Rajapaksha
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    D.O.B: 23/10/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 2

  • Risith Fernando
    Second Row
    Risith Fernando
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 02/02/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 1

  • Lehan Gunarathna
    Fly Half
    Lehan Gunarathna
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 27/05/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 62

    Years in play: 1

  • Maleesha Madumewan
    Flanker
    Maleesha Madumewan
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 22/05/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 2

  • Maleesha Perera
    Centre / Full back
    Maleesha Perera
    Centre / Full back

    Position: Center / Full back

    D.O.B: 23/04/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 64

    Years in play: 1

  • Gayan Randika
    Prop Forward
    Gayan Randika
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    D.O.B: 22/06/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 95

    Years in play: 1

  • Mubeen Faleel
    Fly Half / Scrum Half
    Mubeen Faleel
    Fly Half / Scrum Half

    Position: Fly Half/ Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 13/07/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 67

    Years in play: 1

  • Hamza Reeza
    Number 8
    Hamza Reeza
    Number 8

    Position: Number 8

    D.O.B: 16/08/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 2

  • Kashyapa Jayawardane
    Flanker / Wing three Quarter
    Kashyapa Jayawardane
    Flanker / Wing three Quarter

    Position: Flanker / Wing three Quarter

    D.O.B: 11/08/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 2

  • Induwara Bimsara
    Prop Forward
    Induwara Bimsara
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    D.O.B: 04/04/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 1

  • Roshan Doole
    Prop / Second Row
    Roshan Doole
    Prop / Second Row

    Position: Prop / Second Row

    D.O.B: 07/06/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 89

    Years in play: 1

  • Fadhil Adahan
    Second Row
    Fadhil Adahan
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 26/02/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 2

  • Nuwan Jayawardane
    Prop Forward
    Nuwan Jayawardane
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    D.O.B: 27/01/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 1

  • Yasis Rashmika
    Wing three Quarter
    Yasis Rashmika
    Wing three Quarter

    Position: Wing three Quarter

    D.O.B: 04/01/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Samadhi Induwara
    Second Row / Flanker
    Samadhi Induwara
    Second Row / Flanker

    Position: Second Row / Flanker

    D.O.B: 05/03/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 2

  • Asel Rodrigo
    Flanker
    Asel Rodrigo
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 03/09/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 2

  • Himantha Hirushan
    Hooker
    Himantha Hirushan
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 26/02/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 86

    Years in play: 1

  • Shaqir Nawfer
    Scrum Half
    Shaqir Nawfer
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 02/02/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 67

    Years in play: 2

  • MIgara Mihisanka
    Scrum Half
    MIgara Mihisanka
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 08/09/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 62

    Years in play: 1

  • Uvindu Wedaarachchi
    Second Row
    Uvindu Wedaarachchi
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 10/02/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 1

  • Dulan Dunawardane
    Wing three Quarter
    Dulan Dunawardane
    Wing three Quarter

    Position: Wing three Quarter

    D.O.B: 13/01/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Ranuja Amarasinghe
    Prop Forward
    Ranuja Amarasinghe
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    D.O.B: 09/04/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 1

  • Abhishek Jayawardane
    Second Row
    Abhishek Jayawardane
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 27/10/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 1

  • Ifham Fareed
    Hooker
    Ifham Fareed
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 08/04/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 1

  • Radesh Wijerathna
    Flanker / Second Row
    Radesh Wijerathna
    Flanker / Second Row

    Position: Flanker / Second Row

    D.O.B: 08/03/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 1

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