After two considerably good seasons in the top league, Wesley College Colombo, with an experienced playing outfit, will go all out to make a mark in the schools rugby season 2017.

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Blast from the past

Wesley College celebrates its 60th year in the oval ball sport and have been a silent contributor to the country’s sport producing notable national players such as Henry Terrance, Rahul De Silva, Zubair Doorai and Kishan Musafar. Last year captain Zayan Sabar played for the junior Tuskers U19 whilst winger Chamika Kusal made the U20 7s team.

Re-entering the top division in 2013, the Double-Blues reached their peak when the Rahul De Silva led Wesley team emerged President’s trophy winners defeating Trinity College in the final. Since then, they have continued to strive in the top most leagues.

Last year

Wesley had a close call in the League last season as they barely managed to stay in the Cup championship finishing 8th in the table playing 9 matches and only winning two of them. They did win the Blaze Cup that is awarded for the encounter against Kingswood Kandy but lost out on their trophy game against S. Thomas’ however.

Interestingly they will kick off the new season against Trinity who they lost to narrowly with a 7 – 5 score-line in last year’s opener.

Players to watch out

Denister Goonethilake

Denister Goonetilake: Taking the reigns as captain, Center Dennister Goonetillake will be looking to take the hopes of the Double Blues forward. Now playing his final year, Goonetillake paired up well with the rest of his three-quarters last season and will look to do the same here as well. He will be looking to play a responsible game to take the aspirations of the Zam Zam Zake forward.

Avantha Lee

Avantha Lee: Tagged in the school arena as the dynamic-duo, the Lee brothers have been the livewire in the side and Avantha will team up with skipper Goonetillake in the center combinations. Playing his third and final year, he would be looking to end his stint in the blue jersey on a high note.

Avishka lee

Avishka Lee: Avishka has been the team’s consistent scrum half for the last two years. His quick reflexes and ispired thinking has saved the day for Wesley on a number of occasions.

Vimu Gamage

Vimu Gamage: The flanker from last year’s outfit, Vimu Gamage is the key for the Wesleyites in the forwards line and is one of the most experienced campaigners in the side. He will be a vital asset in the scrums and the breakdown with his instinctive play.

Coaching staff

Jivan Goonatillake is an experience coach and will have the support of Botheju as forwards coach and Sheriff as backs coach. Unfortunately it did not go well for his team last year but Wesley still managed to stay in the cup competition. Previously both Botheju and Sheriff worked with Jivan and they make a good combination.

“We did well in the off season, we had few practice matches and we worked hard in the gym and we hope to do well this season” – Denister Goonathilake

Coach Jivan on last season “we lost a lot of games which probably we should have won, we have a balanced side because we got thirteen guys who played last year, so we only lost two or three guys”

“There are a lot of players who are under-rated here, lot of players didn’t make Sri Lanka youth team on the fringe, so I think a lot of players in this team will raise some eyebrows, who are not taken much notice of” – Jivan Goonatillake

Squad 2017

  • Everyone
  • Second Row
  • Flanker
  • Number 8
  • Hooker
  • Prop
  • Center
  • Full Back
  • Scrum Half
  • Wing
  • Fly Half
  • Denister Goonethilake (C)
    Center
    Denister Goonethilake (C)
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 24/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 4

  • Jivan Goonathilake
    Head Coach
    Jivan Goonathilake
    Head Coach

    Wesley College Rugby Team 2017 Head Coach

  • Danushka Botheju
    Forwards coach
    Danushka Botheju
    Forwards coach

    Wesley College Rugby Team 2017 Forwards coach

  • Mohamed Sheriff
    Trainer Backs coach
    Mohamed Sheriff
    Trainer Backs coach

    Wesley College Rugby Team 2017 Trainer Backs coach

  • Vimu Gamage
    Prop / Flanker
    Vimu Gamage
    Prop / Flanker

    Position: Prop / Flanker

    D.O.B: 05/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 115

    Years in play: 4

  • Imesh Aponsu
    Flanker / Second Row
    Imesh Aponsu
    Flanker / Second Row

    Position: Flanker / Second Row

    D.O.B: 09/10/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 3

  • Shamail Amit
    Prop / Hooker
    Shamail Amit
    Prop / Hooker

    Position: Prop / Hooker

    D.O.B: 18/05/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 100

    Years in play: 4

  • Shashika Ashan
    Second Row / Flanker / Number 8
    Shashika Ashan
    Second Row / Flanker / Number 8

    Position: Second Row / Flanker / Number 8

    D.O.B: 09/02/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 83

    Years in play: 2

  • Avishka Jayaweera
    Second Row / Flanker
    Avishka Jayaweera
    Second Row / Flanker

    Position: Second Row / Flanker

    D.O.B: 08/08/1998

    Height (ft): 6'

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 2

  • Avantha Lee
    Center / Full back
    Avantha Lee
    Center / Full back

    Position: Center / Full back

    D.O.B: 29/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 3

  • Avishka lee
    Scrum Half / Full back
    Avishka lee
    Scrum Half / Full back

    Position: Scrum Half / Full back

    D.O.B: 29/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 3

  • Oshan Devinda
    Flanker
    Oshan Devinda
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 05/02/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 96"

    Weight (kg): 79

    Years in play: 2

  • Ahamed Zaki
    Prop
    Ahamed Zaki
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 10/10/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 98

    Years in play: 2

  • Tharindu Hasith
    Prop / Hooker
    Tharindu Hasith
    Prop / Hooker

    Position: Prop / Hooker

    D.O.B: 21/12/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 2

  • Paranitharan
    Full Back
    Paranitharan
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 01/06/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 56

    Years in play: 2

  • Daiyan Sabar
    Number 8 / Second Row
    Daiyan Sabar
    Number 8 / Second Row

    Position: Number 8 /  Second Row

    D.O.B: 02/11/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 86

    Years in play: 3

  • Seshan Jayawardena
    Prop / Hooker
    Seshan Jayawardena
    Prop / Hooker

    Position: Prop / Hooker

    D.O.B: 11/10/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 3

  • Shenol Fernando
    Second Row / Prop
    Shenol Fernando
    Second Row / Prop

    Position: Second Row / Prop

    D.O.B: 11/12/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 3"

    Weight (kg): 102

    Years in play: 2

  • Zain Dole
    Hooker
    Zain Dole
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 11/09/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 2

  • Vishwa Weththasinghe
    Second Row
    Vishwa Weththasinghe
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 26/08/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 2

  • Shevon Fernando
    Prop / Hooker
    Shevon Fernando
    Prop / Hooker

    Position: Prop / Hooker

    D.O.B: 10/11/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 91

    Years in play: 1

  • Sahan Hansaja
    Wing
    Sahan Hansaja
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 22/06/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 55

    Years in play: 2

  • Ashan Maheesha Bandara
    Prop
    Ashan Maheesha Bandara
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 11/09/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 98

    Years in play: 2

  • Taariq Jurangpathy
    Scrum Half / Fly Half
    Taariq Jurangpathy
    Scrum Half / Fly Half

    Position: Scrum Half / Fly Half

    D.O.B: 14/09/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 66

    Years in play: 4

  • Dineru Ranaweera
    Full Back / Wing
    Dineru Ranaweera
    Full Back / Wing

    Position: Full Back / Wing

    D.O.B: 10/09/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 3

  • Dineth Dinuja
    Prop
    Dineth Dinuja
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 03/12/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 85

    Years in play: 1

  • Mathew Ebenezer
    Wing
    Mathew Ebenezer
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 05/01/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 62

    Years in play: 1

  • Sritheysh
    Flanker
    Sritheysh
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 13/01/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 2

  • Dexter Goonethilake
    Second Row
    Dexter Goonethilake
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 12/12/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 1

  • Jenosha Mendis
    Scrum half
    Jenosha Mendis
    Scrum half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 15/06/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 6"

    Weight (kg): 63

    Years in play: 1

  • Sheshan Udayakumar
    Second Row
    Sheshan Udayakumar
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 10/03/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 1

  • Tharindu Hemal
    Fly Half
    Tharindu Hemal
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 15/11/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 2

  • Mursheed Zubair
    Fly Half
    Mursheed Zubair
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 26/11/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 76

    Years in play: 3

  • Ryan Samuel
    Flanker
    Ryan Samuel
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 12/05/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 2

  • Yohan Philip
    Wing
    Yohan Philip
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 10/02/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Avantha Hashan
    Wing
    Avantha Hashan
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 10/05/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 4

  • Asanka Hashan
    Flanker
    Asanka Hashan
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 10/05/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 4

  • Sanjula Devinda
    Wing / Full back
    Sanjula Devinda
    Wing / Full back

    Position: Wing / Full back

    D.O.B: 14/09/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 2

  • Asantha Hashan
    Full Back
    Asantha Hashan
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 10/05/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 70

    Years in play: 4

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