The runners-up of the 2016 Singer schools rugby league S.Thomas’ College Mt Lavinia will be seeking to exceed their previous years performance. 

Blast from the Past

Thomas’ College dominated schools’ rugby in the 80’s and 90’s but the early 2000’s were not years they would like to remember. In the year 2009, the Thomians came back strong with stars of the likes of Anurudda Wilwara, Sudarshana Muthuthanthri and skipper Shaveen Kapuwatte to be crowned the league runners up and Milo Knockout champions.

Following the few dismal years, it was their 2013 side lead by Devin Jayasinghe that brought the Thomian team back to division ‘A’ following three disastrous years in the lower tier. His side was unbeaten in the lower division and conquered all their trophy games, the Canon R.S. De Saram Shield vs Trinity College, the Lady Jayathilaka Shield played out with St Joseph’s College and the Michael Gunarathne Trophy which is the Royal-Thomian

Last Season

Pandula De Silva and his band had the complete package of a team; however, despite some brilliant performances the boys in black and blue could only finish second in the league losing out to the ever-present Isipathana college. S.Thomas’ however managed to win the all-island schools sevens tournament after 22 years under Naveen Heenakankanamage’s leadership.

Five players namely Naveen Henakankanamage, Pandula De Silva, Ashwantha Herath, Danuja Wijerathne and Christian De Lile represented Sri Lanka junior nationals team last year.

This year S. Thomas will lose eleven (11) players from the 2016 squad but they have experienced players like Henakankanamage and De Lile to strengthen the squad.

Players to watch out for:

Naveen Henakankanamge

Naveen Henakankanamge will lead the gritty brigade this season. He was the highest try scorer last year and deservedly led the Sri Lanka U18 sevens team for a successful tour in Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei. It will be interesting to see where he will start the most this season, whether at the wing or at center.

Christian De Lile, is flanker who played last season with a lot of authority. He made few stunning turnovers at the breakdown, he is also a good first up tackler and he will surely lead the forwards march.

Mayon Jayawardene who was rock solid last year at the full back position. He suffered with a knee injury in the latter part of the season and he will be a Stuart Hogg type of a finisher. His combination with his skipper worked really well in 2016 and will there to see the same this year.

Dion Dias

Dion Dias, the little half back has been a match winner. He has made a massive impact coming off the bench previously. A footballer playing the oval shape ball will produce the much needed kicking duties. He will be the catalyst in decision making this year.

Verdict for 2017

“In the previous team there were 11 players left and in the current team there are seven coloursemen, so I don’t think that would be too costly for us.” Captain Naveen Henakankanamage

“The school has managed to get the service of Rahumi Abdeen, who has done a bit of work in Italy.” We came second last year so we want to make sure that we do everything right to make it work and to go one place further” Coach Laga shared his view.

Squad 2017

  • Everyone
  • Center
  • Flanker
  • Fly Half
  • Full Back
  • Hooker
  • Number 8
  • Prop
  • Scrum Half
  • Second Row
  • Wing
  • Naveen Henakankanamage
    Center / Wing
    Naveen Henakankanamage
    Center / Wing

    Position: Center / Wing

    D.O.B: 01/08/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 5

  • Tavita Tulagese 'Laga'
    Coach
    Tavita Tulagese 'Laga'
    Coach

    S.Thomas' College 2017 Rugby Team Coach

  • Viraj
    Assistant Coach
    Viraj
    Assistant Coach

    S.Thomas' College 2017 Rugby Team Assistant Coach

  • Rahumi Abdeen
    Trainer
    Rahumi Abdeen
    Trainer

    S.Thomas' College 2016 Rugby Team Trainer

  • Hans Walpola
    Fly Half
    Hans Walpola
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 02/14/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 72

    Years in play: 4

  • Mayon Jayawardena
    Full back / Center
    Mayon Jayawardena
    Full back / Center

    Position: Full Back / Center

    D.O.B: 07/11/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 73

    Years in play: 3

  • Mithesh Cooray
    Center
    Mithesh Cooray
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 11/05/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Aaron Ferdinando
    Wing
    Aaron Ferdinando
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 09/08/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 3

  • Lushantha Dabare
    Full back
    Lushantha Dabare
    Full back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 03/30/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 3

  • Chandula De Silva
    Wing
    Chandula De Silva
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 06/03/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Shevaan Pererea
    Fly Half
    Shevaan Pererea
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 04/05/2000

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 76

    Years in play: 1

  • Sharith Nanayakkara
    Center
    Sharith Nanayakkara
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 04/30/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 5

  • Kisal Batuwangala
    Wing
    Kisal Batuwangala
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 04/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Ihan Olugala
    Wing / Full back
    Ihan Olugala
    Wing / Full back

    Position: Wing / Full back 

    D.O.B: 08/31/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 1

  • Jaan De Zoysa
    Scrum Half
    Jaan De Zoysa
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half 

    D.O.B: 04/05/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 61

    Years in play: 1

  • Locahan Munasinghe
    Wing
    Locahan Munasinghe
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 07/04/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 4"

    Weight (kg): 55

    Years in play: 1

  • Naviska Karunaratne
    Center
    Naviska Karunaratne
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 06/23/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Seshan Mathangaweera
    Wing
    Seshan Mathangaweera
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 07/04/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Pasan Gunaratne
    Wing
    Pasan Gunaratne
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 01/18/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 52

    Years in play: 2

  • Dylon Colambage
    Wing
    Dylon Colambage
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 12/01/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 55

    Years in play: 1

  • Dion Dias
    Scrum Half
    Dion Dias
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 07/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 62

    Years in play: 3

  • Jiovani Kanagasudaran
    Scrum Half
    Jiovani Kanagasudaran
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half 

    D.O.B: 06/14/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 58

    Years in play: 1

  • Kaveen Jayasekara
    Fly Half
    Kaveen Jayasekara
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 07/29/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 2

  • Dushen Atukorale
    Dushen Atukorale

    Position: -

    D.O.B: -

    Height (ft): -

    Weight (kg): -

    Years in play: -

  • Harith Senanayake
    Flanker
    Harith Senanayake
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 12/20/2000

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 2

  • Christian De Lile
    Flanker
    Christian De Lile
    Flanker

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 07/26/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 2

  • Induwara Weerasinghe
    Flanker
    Induwara Weerasinghe
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 07/10/1999

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 1

  • Sayula Jacob
    Sayula Jacob

    Position: -

    D.O.B: -

    Height (ft): -

    Weight (kg): -

    Years in play: -

  • Shenouk Perera
    Hooker
    Shenouk Perera
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 08/18/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 2

  • Dhanuk Fernando
    Second Row / Flanker
    Dhanuk Fernando
    Second Row / Flanker

    Position: Second Row / Flanker 

    D.O.B: 12/27/1998

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 74

    Years in play: 1

  • Laksith Fernando
    Second Row
    Laksith Fernando
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: -

    Height (ft): -

    Weight (kg): -

    Years in play: -

  • Shenal Bhavan
    Prop
    Shenal Bhavan
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 07/02/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 95

    Years in play: 1

  • Vishwa Tennakoon
    Prop
    Vishwa Tennakoon
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 09/29/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 105

    Years in play: 1

  • Dinesh David
    Hooker
    Dinesh David
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 05/16/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 89

    Years in play: 1

  • Abhishek Rambukpotha
    Flanker
    Abhishek Rambukpotha
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 12/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 1

  • Revaan Tissera
    Hooker
    Revaan Tissera
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: -

    Height (ft): -

    Weight (kg): -

    Years in play: -

  • Aabid Cader
    Hooker
    Aabid Cader
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 07/25/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 2

  • Chirantha Abeywickrema
    Second Row
    Chirantha Abeywickrema
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 12/27/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 105

    Years in play: 2

  • Adheesha Handunpathirana
    Prop
    Adheesha Handunpathirana
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 01/17/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 98

    Years in play: 2

  • Aaron Bulathsinghala
    Second Row
    Aaron Bulathsinghala
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row 

    D.O.B: 04/11/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 90

    Years in play: 2

  • Atheeq Kalim
    Second Row
    Atheeq Kalim
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 12/03/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 89

    Years in play: 2

  • Hashtha Peiris
    Scrum Half
    Hashtha Peiris
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 06/25/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 63

    Years in play: 1

  • Thoshitha
    Scrum Half
    Thoshitha
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: -

    Height (ft): -

    Weight (kg): -

    Years in play: -

  • Damen Stephan
    Second Row
    Damen Stephan
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 08/06/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 59

    Years in play: 1

  • Shayan Ingram
    Prop
    Shayan Ingram
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 06/26/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 86

    Years in play: 1

  • Ruchira Fernando
    Prop
    Ruchira Fernando
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 05/10/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 115

    Years in play: 2

  • Dilanka Ranasinghe
    Second Row
    Dilanka Ranasinghe
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 11/02/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 59

    Years in play: 1

  • Nikhil Gunawardena
    Prop
    Nikhil Gunawardena
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: -

    Height (ft): -

    Weight (kg): -

    Years in play: -

  • Cevaan De Mel
    Flanker
    Cevaan De Mel
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 07/04/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 73

    Years in play: 2

  • Abheetha Pilapitiya
    Flanker
    Abheetha Pilapitiya
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 09/12/1998

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 2

  • Vimukthi Silva
    Flanker
    Vimukthi Silva
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 11/20/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 76

    Years in play: 1

  • Revanka Abeywardane
    Flanker / Number 8
    Revanka Abeywardane
    Flanker / Number 8

    Position: Flanker / Number 8

    D.O.B: 08/02/2001

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 1

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