Having had a reasonable stint in the school rugby arena last season, the Antonians go into this year’s Singer Schools’ Rugby League confident of at least a top 3 finish.

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Blast from the past

St. Anthony’s College boasts a rich history in the game. Though they started rugby in the 1950’s it was only in 1961 that the enthusiasm was created and rugby received a big boost and backing from all quarters. Since then St. Anthony’s has been one of the most consistent teams in the Sri Lankan schools rugby arena and have been a real threat to other schools on the field. They have produced some of the finest players to grace the sport in the island. Out of all the Antonians to don the national jersey, Priyantha Ekanayake stands tall above all, being the first Antonian to captain the Sri Lanka Rugby Team.

St. Anthony’s biggest achievement in Rugby, came in the year 2001 when they were crowned champions of the U-19 League Tournament under the captaincy of Tikiri Dissanayake.

Last year

The 2016 season had many positives for the Eagles where they were able to secure wins over Dharmaraja and Kingswood to qualify for the second round in which they won a close game against Wesley. The first half of the season proved more productive for them than the latter part of the campaign.

The team combination has hardly changed for the boys from Katugasthota this year, compared to the last. It’s a dawn of a new year for the St.Anthony’s rugby side this year with the luxury of some excellent and skilled players in their line-up.

Players to watch out for

Dinuk Amerasinghe: Playing his 5th and final year of 1st XV rugby, Dinuk is tall, well-built lad who is known for his speed and flexibility as a center. Dinuk is more of a play making center rather than a finisher and his ability to make quick decisions has earned him the captaincy of the team. Amerasinghe was also a part of the Sri Lanka Under 18 Sevens team that also won the Asia Under 18 Sevens series last year as well.

Samuel Maduwantha

Samuel Maduwantha: He was the highest point scorer in the last season, securing a total tally of over 100 points. Being the place kicker of the team is a huge responsibility which falls squarely on his shoulders but Maduwantha has proved time and again that he is someone who is good under pressure.

Jehan Seelagama: Jehan is mainly known for his speed and finishing skills and on his day, has proved to be a match winner. Last season he failed to make a huge impact but the hope of the Antonians is that he will fire this time around to boost their chances of winning the title.

Dinesh Rodrigo

Dinesh Rodrigo: The big prop forward is also their vice captain and the leader of the pack. Last season he was seen making huge tackles on the opposition players and also some very threatening pick and runs close to the try line. He will play a vital role in the scrum, with his weight and technique.

Coaching Staff

St. Anthony’s will be coached by the experienced Viper Gunaraththna and the current Kandy Sports Club backs coach Nalaka Weerakkody, who will be second in command.

Squad 2017

  • Everyone
  • Center
  • Flanker
  • Fly Half
  • Full Back
  • Hooker
  • Number 8
  • Prop
  • Scrum Half
  • Second Row
  • Wing
  • Dinuk Amerasinghe (C)
    Center / Wing
    Dinuk Amerasinghe (C)
    Center / Wing

    Position: Center / Wing

    D.O.B: 02/22/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 3"

    Weight (kg): 98

    Years in play: 5

  • Nhal 'Viper' Gunarathne
    Head Coach
    Nhal 'Viper' Gunarathne
    Head Coach

    St. Anthony's College Rugby Team 2017 Head Coach

  • Nalaka Weerakkody
    Assistant Coach
    Nalaka Weerakkody
    Assistant Coach

    St. Anthony's College Rugby Team 2017 Assistant Coach

  • Dinesh Rodrigo
    Prop
    Dinesh Rodrigo
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 05/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 100

    Years in play: 4

  • Samuel Maduwantha
    Full Back
    Samuel Maduwantha
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 08/08/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 3

  • Theeksha Gunasinghe
    Fly Half/ Full Back/Wing
    Theeksha Gunasinghe
    Fly Half/ Full Back/Wing

    Position: Fly Half / Full Back / Wing

    D.O.B: 07/10/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 4"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 2

  • Ramadesh Harshan
    Flanker
    Ramadesh Harshan
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 01/13/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 3

  • Janidu Himsara
    Wing
    Janidu Himsara
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 06/02/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 72

    Years in play: 1

  • Sasanka Millamadiththa
    Flanker / Number 8
    Sasanka Millamadiththa
    Flanker / Number 8

    Position: Flanker / Number 8

    D.O.B: 09/13/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 3

  • Kavindha Amarakoon
    Prop
    Kavindha Amarakoon
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 01/10/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 100

    Years in play: 3

  • Nihan Perera
    Flanker
    Nihan Perera
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 01/03/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 76

    Years in play: 1

  • Lashan Mahindarathna
    Flanker
    Lashan Mahindarathna
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 05/29/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 3

  • Mathisha Amerasinghe
    Number 8
    Mathisha Amerasinghe
    Number 8

    Position: Number 8

    D.O.B: 06/28/2001

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohommed Makarim
    Fly Half / Full Back / Wing
    Mohommed Makarim
    Fly Half / Full Back / Wing

    Position: Fly Half / Full Back / Wing

    D.O.B: 01/18/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 3

  • Chamara Lakshan
    Wing
    Chamara Lakshan
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 04/21/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 58

    Years in play: 2

  • Thirusha Ekanayake
    Full Back
    Thirusha Ekanayake
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 10/04/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 2

  • Niranga Lakshan
    Wing
    Niranga Lakshan
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 11/21/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 2

  • Jithen Daulagala
    Flanker / Second Row
    Jithen Daulagala
    Flanker / Second Row

    Position: Flanker / Second Row 

    D.O.B: 10/08/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 83

    Years in play: 2

  • Shane Weniton
    Prop
    Shane Weniton
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 10/07/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 110

    Years in play: 1

  • Suhail Waseem
    Scrum Half
    Suhail Waseem
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 07/27/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 4"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 2

  • Shashika Wijewardana
    Hooker
    Shashika Wijewardana
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 03/27/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 2

  • Jehan Seelagama
    Center
    Jehan Seelagama
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 12/03/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 3"

    Weight (kg): 98

    Years in play: 3

  • Pramuditha Wickaramaarachchi
    Wing
    Pramuditha Wickaramaarachchi
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 09/19/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 3

  • Ruvan Amarasinghe
    Second Row
    Ruvan Amarasinghe
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 04/01/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 3

  • Savesh Weerakoon
    Number 8
    Savesh Weerakoon
    Number 8

    Position: Number 8

    D.O.B: 09/10/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 90

    Years in play: 3

  • Ashen Premarathne
    Scrum Half
    Ashen Premarathne
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 12/25/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 2

  • Amitha Shanaka Samuel
    Prop
    Amitha Shanaka Samuel
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 03/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 92

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohommed Shabeer
    Second row
    Mohommed Shabeer
    Second row

    Position: Second row

    D.O.B: 02/14/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 3

  • Sachintha Akalanka
    Wing
    Sachintha Akalanka
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 06/16/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Pulasthi Dassanayake
    Hooker
    Pulasthi Dassanayake
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 01/23/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 100

    Years in play: 3

  • Kavindu Warnakulasuriya
    Wing
    Kavindu Warnakulasuriya
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 11/26/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 58

    Years in play: 1

  • Sachith Peiris
    Prop
    Sachith Peiris
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 03/07/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 101

    Years in play: 2

  • Pasindu Pavithra
    Second row
    Pasindu Pavithra
    Second row

    Position: Second row

    D.O.B: 04/12/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 4"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 1

  • Ishara Liyanage
    Wing
    Ishara Liyanage
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 03/14/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 2

  • Chamod Wanasinghe
    Fly Half / Full Back / Wing
    Chamod Wanasinghe
    Fly Half / Full Back / Wing

    Position: Fly Half / Full Back / Wing

    D.O.B: 04/16/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 72

    Years in play: 2

  • Dulanjana Lakshan
    Wing
    Dulanjana Lakshan
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 04/15/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 2

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