School boys to the big league; who made it to Club?

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The young ruggerites who hung up their school-boy boots have made their way into the big leagues as the Dialog Rugby League readies for kickoff this weekend.

The highest number of newbies feature in the Havelock Sports Club roster, amounting to a total of 8 new faces. CH and FC together with Kandy SC have recruited four players each while CR and FC has signed up 5 players. Air Force, Navy and Police has recruited just a single player for their new season.

Kandy SC

Heshan Jansen, together with his teammate from Kingswood College, Lakshitha Ranaweera will compete for the scrum half and fly half positions and are likely to get some game time, coming off the bench. The other two new recruits are the Trinity College speedster Diluksha Dange and Josephian utility back Chathura Senevirathne.

Heshan Jansen (Kingswood College) - Scrum Half
Lakshitha Ranaweera (Kingswood College) - Fly Half
Chathura Senevirathne (St. Joseph’s College) - Utility Back
Diluksha Dange (Trinity College) – Wing Three-quarter

Havelock SC

Havelock SC has had the best luck with the school boys as they have managed to secure players like Dinuk Amerasinghe, who have represented the national junior team on previous occasions. Randy Silva, the Isipathana fly half who had an excellent school rugby season, Sachith Silva, the highest points scorer of the schools’ season, and Denister Goonethilake, the Wesley captain of the past season, are a few other quality players who will represent the Havies this season. Theekshana Dassanayake, Shamail Amif and Gihin Perera have also made their way into the squad.

Denister Goonethilake (Wesley College) - Fly Half
Shamail Amif (Wesley College) - Prop
Randy Silva (Isipathana College) - Fly Half
Gihan Perera (St. Joseph’s College) - Number 8
Sachith Silva St.Joseph’s College Colombo Full Back
Dinuk Amerasinghe (St. Anthony’s College) - Center
Theekshana Dassanayake (St. Peter’s College) - Center

Navy SC

Gaveen Perera and Inura Samarawickrama, from D S Senanayake are the two players Navy have recruited this season. They played the vital Flanker positions for their school and will probably get some playing minutes in their first season with Navy going in with a relatively new-look team.

Inura Samarawickrama (D.S.Senanayake College) - Colombo Flanker
Gaveen Perera (D.S.Senanayake College) - Colombo Flanker

CR & FC

CR & FC has managed to make the vital signing of Chamod Fernando for the full back position. Fernando is a Sri Lanka U20 sevens player and also played for the Mobitel Eagles in the Sri Lanka Super Sevens series after an excellent season at Isipathana. Number 8 Vageesha Weerasinghe and scrum half Harith Bandara, fellow Isipathanians will join him at CR. Shashika Ashan, Tharaka De Silva and Ashan Fernando are the other three players they have managed to pick up.

Chamod Fernando (Isipathana College) - Full Back
Harith Bandara (Isipathana College) - Scrum Half
Vageesha Weerasinghe (Isipathana College) - Number 8
Shashika Ashan (Wesley College) - Flanker
Tharaka De Silva (Dharmaraja College) - No 8
Ashan Fernando (Royal College) - Prop

Air force SC

The Airmen have brought in Jehan Seelagama who played at Center for St. Anthony’s College Kandy. He is likely to make a start for the men in blue.

Jehan Seelagama (St. Anthony’s College) - Center

Police SC

Police has managed to recruit Zayd Sinhawamsa, who had an excellent season for the newly promoted Zahira College, in the Schools’ Rugby League 2016/17. He was leading the try scorer and the points scorer for the first half of the School Rugby season before unfortunately having to miss out on many games after being diagnosed with dengue. He will feature for the Police Sports Club this season in the fly half position.

Zayd Sinhawamsa (Zahira College) - Fly Half

CH & FC

CH & FC has made some of the best signings this season managing to pick up the likes of Samuel Maduwantha, the highest points scorer in the season before last. He is a very reliable kicker with the ability to put over the very long drop goals and penalties. Twins Avishka and Awantha Lee are two more vital signings for CH. Avishka is a scrum half while Awantha represented Wesley College at both Fly half and Center positions. They will be joined by Wesley Flanker Imesh Aponso.

Avishka Lee
Avishka Lee (Wesley College) – Scrum Half
Avantha Lee (Wesley College) – Fly Half/Center
Imesh Aponso (Wesley College) - Flanker
Samuel Maduwantha (St Anthony’s College) – Full Back

Keep it logged on to ThePapare.com as we bring you all the action from the Dialog Rugby League 2017/18 season where you can see these youngsters in action.