St. Joseph’s College enter the 2017 season following drastic changes to their coaching systems as they seek to secure their first ever title in schools rugby history.

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Blast from the Past

Rugby started back in 1954, even though it was not made official till the following year. The team from back then was known as the ‘Hornets’. Chrishanth Fernando was the first unofficial captain in 1954. Mahendra Dias followed as the official captain in 1955.

Rugby was in the shadows of cricket but managed to produce excellent players of the likes of Dinuk De. S. Wijeratne and former Sri Lanka Rugby captain Anton Benedict. In the recent past products of the highest caliber namely, Dhanushka ‘Gertha’ Perera, Pium Jayasinghe, Rehan Thiyagarajah. Most recently Taariq Salih, Vimukthi Rahula and Charana Sendanayake all had the privilege of representing the Junior Tuskers as they hope to push for a place in the National set up.

Ever since being a regular fixture in Division ‘A’, the Josephians have managed mid table finishes in the 2015 and 2014.

Last Season

The first half of the 2016 season was quite disappointing but a good end to the season saw the team from Darley Road clinch the Plate championship. Prior to the league, Joes were placed as semi-finalists in the sevens tournament losing out to Isipathana.

Romesh Priyankara, Chathura Senavirathne and 2017 captain Vinul Fernando represented Sri Lanka last season.

Seven seniors departed from the 2016 team but Vinul and Chathura will be aiming to stabilise this year’s team with their national exploits.

Players to watch out for:

Vinul

Vinul Fernando will be the man to lead the Josephian outfit this season. The winger was the highest try scorer for the team from Darley Road with five tries. His good season with school helped him secure a place in the Under 18 sevens teams that travelled abroad.

Chathura

Chathura Senavirathne, the fly half was inspirational for Joes last season ending as the highest points scorer with 42 points which included 3 tries, 9 conversions, 2 Penalties and a single drop goal. He traveled along with the Under 18 sevens teams and his experience will all come good as he leads the line playing at fly half.

Gamunu

Centre Gamunu Chethiya will be another man looked up to in the back line. The youngster played with a good head on his shoulders last season and will be aiming to add to his college exploits this season.

Praveen

Flankers Praveen Thangiah and Tharindu De Alwis will be the experienced heads in the forward pack. They will look to lend their experience from the past seasons as they strengthen the rather inexperienced Joes forward pack.

Coaching Staff

Nilfer Ibrahim joined the team at Darley Road following a couple of title winning seasons at Isipathana. He is joined by former Thomian trainer Dinesh Kumar and former Navy Player Anuranga Walpola as forwards coach. Dev Anand will be the kicking coach.

Verdict for 2017

There have been many changes in the coaching set up for this season and i think we can make a push towards a title along with a good strong team – Vinul Fernando

This is a whole new and different challenge for me, wherever i coach you can expect a good backline. We hope to become champions with this Joes team – Nilfer Ibrahim

Royal College vs St. Joseph’s College
Isipathana College vs St.Joseph’s College
St.Josephs College College vs St.Peters College College
St.Joseph’s College vs Dharmaraja College
St.Anthony’s College vs St.Joseph’s College 

Squad 2017

  • Everyone
  • Wing
  • Center
  • Fly Half
  • Flanker
  • Forward
  • Prop
  • Hooker
  • Scrum Half
  • Full Back
  • Number 8
  • Vinul Fernando (C)
    Wing Three
    Vinul Fernando (C)
    Wing Three

    Position: Wing three Quarter

    D.O.B: 01/21/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 72

    Years in play: 4

  • Nilfer Ibrahim
    Head Coach
    Nilfer Ibrahim
    Head Coach

    St. Joseph's College Rugby Team 2017 Head Coach

  • Dinesh Kumar
    Trainer
    Dinesh Kumar
    Trainer

    St. Joseph's College Rugby Team 2017 Trainer

  • Anuranga Walpola
    Forwards Coach
    Anuranga Walpola
    Forwards Coach

    St. Joseph's College Rugby Team 2017 Forwards Coach

  • Raveen Antonio
    Centre / Fly Half
    Raveen Antonio
    Centre / Fly Half

    Position: Center / Fly Half

    D.O.B: 01/10/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 89

    Years in play: 5

  • Praveen Thangiah
    Flanker
    Praveen Thangiah
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 07/17/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 87

    Years in play: 2

  • Gamunu Chetiya
    Center
    Gamunu Chetiya
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 01/30/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 76

    Years in play: 3

  • Hashane Dananjaya
    Lock Forward
    Hashane Dananjaya
    Lock Forward

    Position: Lock Forward

    D.O.B: 01/30/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 81

    Years in play: 2

  • Triston Perera
    Prop Forward
    Triston Perera
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    D.O.B: 10/06/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 1"

    Weight (kg): 100

    Years in play: 2

  • Chathura Senavirathne
    Fly Half
    Chathura Senavirathne
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 09/19/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 95

    Years in play: 5

  • Channa Ashoka
    Scrum Half
    Channa Ashoka
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 07/21/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 56

    Years in play: 2

  • Madusanka Perera
    Number 8
    Madusanka Perera
    Number 8

    Position: Number 8

    D.O.B: 04/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 1

  • Sameesha Virangana
    Centre
    Sameesha Virangana
    Centre

    Position: Centre

    D.O.B: 07/14/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 2

  • Sachin Silva
    Full Back
    Sachin Silva
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 11/21/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 61

    Years in play: 1

  • Santhush Algama
    Fly Half
    Santhush Algama
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 12/15/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 2

  • Nimesh Ranasinghe
    Lock Forward
    Nimesh Ranasinghe
    Lock Forward

    Position: Lock Forward

    D.O.B: 03/22/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 79

    Years in play: 3

  • Tharindu De Alwiss
    Flanker
    Tharindu De Alwiss
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 01/06/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 81

    Years in play: 3

  • Kavindu Keshan
    Scrum Half / Full Back
    Kavindu Keshan
    Scrum Half / Full Back

    Position: Scrum Half / Full Back

    D.O.B: 03/24/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Udeesha Perera
    Scrum Half
    Udeesha Perera
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 11/21/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 3

  • Tehan Seneviratne
    Prop Forward
    Tehan Seneviratne
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    D.O.B: 03/14/1998

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 105

    Years in play: 3

  • John Ganegoda
    Flanker
    John Ganegoda
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 05/18/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 1

  • Shehan Kelaniyagoda
    Lock Forward
    Shehan Kelaniyagoda
    Lock Forward

    Position: Lock Forward

    D.O.B: 09/04/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 2

  • Naveen De Silva
    Centre
    Naveen De Silva
    Centre

    Position: Centre

    D.O.B: 04/23/1999

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 71

    Years in play: 2

  • Rashen Gunawardena
    Scrum Half
    Rashen Gunawardena
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 05/05/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 58

    Years in play: 1

  • Sven Muller
    Hooker
    Sven Muller
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 11/19/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 100

    Years in play: 3

  • Vimukthi Kalubowila
    Prop Forward
    Vimukthi Kalubowila
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop Forward

    D.O.B: 02/22/1998

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 110

    Years in play: 1

  • Shavon Gregory
    Prop Forward
    Shavon Gregory
    Prop Forward

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 11/29/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 92

    Years in play: 1

  • Gershom Thangiah
    Hooker
    Gershom Thangiah
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 01/06/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 1

  • Shan Akila
    Wing
    Shan Akila
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 06/09/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 2

  • Shanas De Silva
    Official
    Shanas De Silva
    Official

    St. Joseph's College Rugby Team 2017 Official

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