After a long wait of 14 years, Zahira College Colombo has been handed a golden ticket back to the top division of the schools’ rugby league as they prepare to be back in contention for the illustrious league title.

Blast from the past

One of the four frontrunner schools in the country to take up the sport, Zahira College boasts a rich history of over 90 years in Rugby. The glory years for the school in Maradana were in the 1960’s. The team in 1962 emerged league champions defeating the heavyweights Royal College, St. Peter’s College and Trinity College.

The last known triumph of the Zahirians came in 1998 when they took possession of the President’s Cup but with the turn of the century, the school hit a distinctive low with the team relegated to the lower ‘B’ division in 2003.

Last Season

Last season was a season of redemption for Zahira as they finally accomplished what they had yearned for ever since they were relegated; getting their ticket to the top division. The 2016 team led by Ramzan Amit finished in the top four of the plate division allowing them to proceed to the top tier.

Players to watch

Mohamed Azhar Irfan

Azhar Irfan: 5th year player and captain for this year, Azhar Irfan will look to lead his team on a fresh challenge in the top division. Having played four years in the college jersey as a powerful second-row forward, he was a part of the outfit that brought the team back into the top tier.

Playing this year’s season with the responsibility of the captaincy, he will expect to take his team to a sustainable mark this upcoming season.

Mohamed Yuzraan Lantra

Yuzraan Lantra: The pacey wing-three quarter was a phenomenal player for the outfit proving his worth in the #11 jersey over the years. Playing his fourth and final year for his side, he would look forward to getting his name on the scoresheet in the upcoming season. Going back to last year’s Sri Lanka Super 7’s, it was Lantra’s try in extra that got his team the win against St. Peter’s to take third place in the 2nd leg.

Hassan Razick

Hassan Razick: The other fifth-year player in the side, Hassan Razick has turned up in the center jersey for Zahira for a considerable time and this year will be a new challenge playing under new first division school rugby. He along with Zaid Singhawansa at Flyhalf will need to get their act together to take the team through the challenge.

Tuan Shifaz Amath

Tuan Shifaz Amath: the retaining scrumhalf from last year’s side, he will be an important additive in the half back combinations along with Zaid and the rest of the three-quarters. Zahira has with themselves a strong three-quarter line and it will be up to him to manipulate it to good use.

Coaching staff

League title winning Isipathana coach Shamly Nawas took the challenge of bringing the team to the first division last season and this time he has with him a bigger challenge of taking the team forward in the top division.

There will be no better setting for Zahira College to come back and recreate their glory days as the present. Speaking to ThePapare, coach Shamly Nawas has high hopes vested in his team for the season.

“We will be taking the challenge match by match. The team has shown a lot of promise and I think we can go ahead towards a league title”

Squad 2017

  • Everyone
  • Prop
  • Hooker
  • Second Row
  • Flanker
  • Number 8
  • Scrum Half
  • Fly Half
  • Wing
  • Center
  • Full Back
  • Half Back
  • Mohamed Azhar Irfan
    Second Row
    Mohamed Azhar Irfan
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 30/07/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 1"

    Weight (kg): 108

    Years in play: 5

  • Shamli Nawas (Coach)
    Coach
    Shamli Nawas (Coach)
    Coach

    Zahira College Rugby Team 2017 Coach

  • Rohitha Indunil Sooriyarachi (M.I.C)
    M.I.C
    Rohitha Indunil Sooriyarachi (M.I.C)
    M.I.C

    Zahira College Rugby Team 2017 M.I.C

  • Herathge Karunarathne
    Fitness Trainer
    Herathge Karunarathne
    Fitness Trainer

    Zahira College Rugby Team 2017 Fitness Trainer

  • Muammar Deen
    Prop
    Muammar Deen
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 11/10/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 86

    Years in play: 3

  • Tuan Shifaz Amath
    Scrum Half
    Tuan Shifaz Amath
    Scrum Half

    Position: Scrum Half

    D.O.B: 07/08/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 72

    Years in play: 5

  • Mohamed Yuzraan Lantra
    Wing
    Mohamed Yuzraan Lantra
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 06/11/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 4

  • Hassan Razick
    Center
    Hassan Razick
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 27/02/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 80

    Years in play: 5

  • Ahamed Rahuman Ariff Booso
    Full back
    Ahamed Rahuman Ariff Booso
    Full back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 07/02/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 3

  • Mohamed Amjad Faumy
    Prop
    Mohamed Amjad Faumy
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 07/01/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 11"

    Weight (kg): 103

    Years in play: 1

  • Tuan Shameem Nassar
    Hooker
    Tuan Shameem Nassar
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 07/01/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 88

    Years in play: 1

  • Haaziq Fhuazi
    Second Row
    Haaziq Fhuazi
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 16/07/1998

    Height (ft): 6' 5"

    Weight (kg): 103

    Years in play: 1

  • Dilshan Mannaperuma
    Prop
    Dilshan Mannaperuma
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 16/08/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 1"

    Weight (kg): 90

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Shamahil Soewito
    Center / Wing
    Mohamed Shamahil Soewito
    Center / Wing

    Position: Center / Wing

    D.O.B: 27/05/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 76

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Faiz Mohamed Salman
    Second Row
    Mohamed Faiz Mohamed Salman
    Second Row

    Position: Second Row

    D.O.B: 01/11/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 64

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed farhan Suhaib
    Wing
    Mohamed farhan Suhaib
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 23/04/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 61

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Iqbal Shameer
    Half Back
    Mohamed Iqbal Shameer
    Half Back

    Position: Half Back

    D.O.B: 30/01/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Abdul Rahuman Husni
    Flanker
    Abdul Rahuman Husni
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 12/02/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 5"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Fowzulhaq
    Flanker / Second Row
    Mohamed Fowzulhaq
    Flanker / Second Row

    Position: Flanker / Second Row

    D.O.B: 11/07/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 10"

    Weight (kg): 63

    Years in play: 2

  • Mohamed Atheeq Alawdeen
    Flanker
    Mohamed Atheeq Alawdeen
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 06/10/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 67

    Years in play: 1

  • Ahamed Rushdi Abdeen
    Wing
    Ahamed Rushdi Abdeen
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 22/07/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Minhaj Samsudeen
    Center / Full back
    Mohamed Minhaj Samsudeen
    Center / Full back

    Position: Center / Full back

    D.O.B: 11/04/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 2

  • Mohamed Zaid Sinhawansa
    Fly Half
    Mohamed Zaid Sinhawansa
    Fly Half

    Position: Fly Half

    D.O.B: 05/07/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 75

    Years in play: 2

  • Tuan Zaid Thajudeen
    Flanker
    Tuan Zaid Thajudeen
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 04/01/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 2

  • Mohamed Shazaan
    Prop
    Mohamed Shazaan
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 04/12/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 89

    Years in play: 2

  • Mohamed Akeel Kudhoos
    Flanker / Number 8
    Mohamed Akeel Kudhoos
    Flanker / Number 8

    Position: Flanker / Number 8

    D.O.B: 23/02/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 82

    Years in play: 3

  • Mohamed Nizlar Mohamed Nizran
    Flanker
    Mohamed Nizlar Mohamed Nizran
    Flanker

    Position: Flanker

    D.O.B: 29/01/2000

    Height (ft): 6' 2"

    Weight (kg): 86

    Years in play: 2

  • Maas Youhana Musharraf Nallawangshe
    Hooker
    Maas Youhana Musharraf Nallawangshe
    Hooker

    Position: Hooker

    D.O.B: 09/03/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 3"

    Weight (kg): 63

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Ibrahim Aniff
    Prop
    Mohamed Ibrahim Aniff
    Prop

    Position: Prop

    D.O.B: 06/04/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Abdul Salam
    Wing
    Abdul Salam
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 25/10/2000

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Shamil Furkhan
    Full Back
    Mohamed Shamil Furkhan
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 31/03/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 68

    Years in play: 1

  • Abdul Hakeem Zakariyya
    Wing
    Abdul Hakeem Zakariyya
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 21/01/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 8"

    Weight (kg): 62

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Mubashshir
    Wing
    Mohamed Mubashshir
    Wing

    Position: Wing

    D.O.B: 19/05/1998

    Height (ft): 5' 7"

    Weight (kg): 55

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Arshad Kitchilan
    Center
    Mohamed Arshad Kitchilan
    Center

    Position: Center

    D.O.B: 06/12/1999

    Height (ft): 5' 4"

    Weight (kg): 60

    Years in play: 2

  • Ahamed Ateeq Aslam
    Number 8 / Second Row
    Ahamed Ateeq Aslam
    Number 8 / Second Row

    Position: Number 8 / Second Row

    D.O.B: 06/12/1999

    Height (ft): 6' 6"

    Weight (kg): 83

    Years in play: 1

  • Mohamed Nauzer Mohamed Fazal
    Full Back
    Mohamed Nauzer Mohamed Fazal
    Full Back

    Position: Full Back

    D.O.B: 18/07/2001

    Height (ft): 5' 9"

    Weight (kg): 65

    Years in play: 1

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