After a disappointing 6th place finish from last year, a revamped Trinity College 1st XV are on the lookout for a resurrection as they look to start the new season afresh with intentions of finishing their 111th year in the sport on a high note.

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Blast from the past

One of the front-runners in Sri Lanka schools rugby, the lions from the hill-country have had an illustrious story in the oval ball sport ever since the sport was introduced to the institution in 1906. Ever since then, the school on the hills has been an active contributor to the national grid producing notable alumni such as Inthi Marikkar, Sean Wijesinghe and Pradeep Basnayaka to name a few.

Trinity’s accelerated pace from 2011 took a small detour last season but the Rahul Karunathilake led side almost had their hands on the coveted Bradby Shield that finally ended as a draw.

Players to look out for

Nathan Yee

Nathan Yee: Wearing the prestigious Red, Gold & Blue jersey for the fifth consecutive occasion, Nathan will be shouldering the responsibility of the captaincy duties this year. The coloursman who has played all his life in the front row has graduated to the third row and will be the team’s #8.

Dliuksha Dange

Diluksha Dange: The Sri Lanka Under 18 Sevens cap, Diluksha Dange will be the other important utility for the side. Playing his third season, Dange is expected to play a dynamic role in the three-quarter line with him playing at Center this season. The speedster will be looking to team up with the back line to get the maximum advantage.

Anuka Boyagoda: Trinity’s consistent scrum-half has been a delight to watch in the past two seasons. His nippy footwork and the quick reflexes have always brought something exciting to the game. Having worn the junior Tusker’s jersey last season for the under 18 sevens, Boyagoda will be Trinity’s key anchor at scrum half marshalling the players back and forth.

Naween Rajaratnam: The center for Trinity College, who will be playing his third season for the side, will be expecting to pair up with Diluksha Dange for the year. Known for his aggression in the three-quarters, Rajaratnam will be expected to play a mature role this time with as Trinity College looks to make progress.

Coaching staff

The team this time will be under the authority of the former All Blacks sevens represent Lote Raikabula who has his first stint in the country in the position of coach. Along with Raikabula, Buddhika Abeysinghe will be the team’s assistant coach. Navindra Dayan will re-join Trinity as their trainer..

“Regardless of the result, Trinity should be happy about the brand of rugby they play. I look to take the team to that standard and not look at the results. If we achieve that, the results will come” Lote Raikabula added.

Squad 2017

  • Everyone
  • Center
  • Flanker
  • Fly Half
  • Full Back
  • Hooker
  • Number 8
  • Prop
  • Scrum Half
  • Second Row
  • Wing
  • Nathan Yee
    Number 8
    Nathan Yee
    Number 8

    Position: Number 8

    D.O.B: 01/20/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 5

  • Lote Raikabula
    Head Coach
    Lote Raikabula
    Head Coach

    Trinity College 1st XV Rugby Team Head Coach

  • Buddhika Abeysinghe
    Assistant Coach
    Buddhika Abeysinghe
    Assistant Coach

    Trinity College 1st XV Rugby Team Assistant Coach

  • Navindra Dayan
    Trainer
    Navindra Dayan
    Trainer

    Trinity College 1st XV Rugby Team Trainer

  • Bandula Pushpakumara
    Assistant Trainer
    Bandula Pushpakumara
    Assistant Trainer

    Trinity College 1st XV Rugby Team Assistant Trainer

  • Manoj Jayatissa
    Manager
    Manoj Jayatissa
    Manager

    Trinity College 1st XV Rugby Team Manager

  • Rashean Bandaranayake
    Full Back
    Rashean Bandaranayake
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 04/12/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 76

    Years in play: 3

  • Shanel Maralanda
    Wing
    Shanel Maralanda
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 06/18/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 64

    Years in play: 1

  • Vishwa Ranaraja
    Scrum Half
    Vishwa Ranaraja
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 02/24/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 63

    Years in play: 1

  • Shermal Wijeywardena
    Full Back / Fly Half
    Shermal Wijeywardena
    Full Back / Fly Half

    Position: Full Back / Fly Half

    D.O.B: 10/20/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 1

  • Shaveen Ekanayake
    Prop
    Shaveen Ekanayake
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 18/12/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 110

    Years in play: 3

  • Hasiru Weliwatte
    Hooker
    Hasiru Weliwatte
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 07/23/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 81

    Years in play: 2

  • Pasan Samarawickrema
    Second Row
    Pasan Samarawickrema
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 07/02/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 3

  • Rishane Madena
    Second Row
    Rishane Madena
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 04/21/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 100

    Years in play: 3

  • Gaurawa Bandara
    Wing
    Gaurawa Bandara
    Wing

    Position: Wing 

    D.O.B: 03/16/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 67

    Years in play: 1

  • Amit Kulatunga
    Wing / Fullback
    Amit Kulatunga
    Wing / Fullback

    Position: Wing / Full Back

    D.O.B: 04/23/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 2

  • Janidu Rathnayake
    Wing
    Janidu Rathnayake
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 03/21/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Dliuksha Dange
    Center
    Dliuksha Dange
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 10/07/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 76

    Years in play: 3

  • Anuka Boyagoda
    Scrum Half
    Anuka Boyagoda
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 07/23/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 3

  • Lashan Wijesuriya
    Fly Half
    Lashan Wijesuriya
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 02/23/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 3

  • Joshua Peter
    Second Row
    Joshua Peter
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 07/28/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 92

    Years in play: 1

  • Neranjan Vitharana
    Hooker
    Neranjan Vitharana
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 03/25/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 78

    Years in play: 1

  • Usoof Sadique
    Flanker
    Usoof Sadique
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 06/14/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 1

  • Keshawa Palayangoda
    Flanker
    Keshawa Palayangoda
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 12/01/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 81

    Years in play: 2

  • Mahdi Abdullah
    Prop / Second Row
    Mahdi Abdullah
    Prop / Second Row

    Position: Prop / Second Row

    D.O.B: 07/28/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 2

  • Shenal Abeywarna
    Second Row
    Shenal Abeywarna
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 08/19/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 0"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 1

  • Avishka Shiek
    Center / Wing
    Avishka Shiek
    Center / Wing

    Position: Center/Wing

    D.O.B: 08/08/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 3

  • Naween Rajaratnam
    Center
    Naween Rajaratnam
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 10/14/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 3

  • Akith Sakalasooriya
    Fly Half / Center
    Akith Sakalasooriya
    Fly Half / Center

    Position: Fly Half / Center

    D.O.B: 04/16/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 1

  • Praveenda Wijeythilake
    Prop
    Praveenda Wijeythilake
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 03/20/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 103

    Years in play: 2

  • Woran Weerakoon
    Center
    Woran Weerakoon
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 06/16/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 2

  • Mohamed Ikram
    Flanker / Second Row
    Mohamed Ikram
    Flanker / Second Row

    Position: Flanker / Second Row

    D.O.B: 05/19/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 76

    Years in play: 2

  • Aveesha Piyankara
    Prop / Second Row
    Aveesha Piyankara
    Prop / Second Row

    Position: Prop / Second Row

    D.O.B: 03/29/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 105

    Years in play: 3

  • Kanesha Alwis
    Flanker
    Kanesha Alwis
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 08/26/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 83

    Years in play: 2

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