Ahead of the 2018 season, Wesley College presented their 1st XV players their playing jersey in celebratory fashion, in a ceremony that took place in the College auditorium last evening, in the presence of the distinguished guests, officials and the parents of the players.
Wesley College has been a dominant presence in the Sri Lanka rugby arena as of late and the team since their promotion in 2013 have gone from strength to strength. Last year’s team under the captaincy of Dennister Goonetilake finished 4th overall in the league, which was a record high for the team in their rugby accolades.
View Photos of the event: Wesley College 1st XV Jersey Presentation
The team for 2017 will be led by senior campaigner Daiyan Sabar and under the guidance of coach Paul Toia, the Wesleyites look to improve on last year’s success.
“I am glad to be a part of this Wesley team and this year we have a young team as we get ready for the schools rugby season” added the New Zealander, whose efforts with the team brought about a complete turnaround.
“They love the coaching staff and the coaches being, myself Dula (Dulanjana Wijesinghe) and Rizah (Rizah Mubarak) love being with the boys themselves. Probably in the second half of the season, I expect to see the team bond together and play as a team” he further added.
Official Stats centre of the Isipathana College v D. S. Senanayake College game of the Singer Schools Rugby League. Stats/Tries/Conversions/Appearances.
Current Sri Lanka national cricketer and a reputed old boy of Wesley College, Jeffrey Vandersay was the chief guest for the occasion. The event was graced by many reputed rugby personalities who fostered the sport at Wesley College such as past Sri Lanka players Zubair Dooray and Kishan Musafer. The guest speaker for the event was former Sri Lanka captain and legendary player Chandrishan Perera, who spoke on motivation and team work ahead of the league.
Welsey College will kick off their league on the 18th of March 2018 against St. Peter’s College, as the 1st-week fixture between Dharmaraja was called off.