Trinity College 1st XV skipper and Sri Lanka junior national player Rahul Karunathilake was conferred with the prestigious ‘Trinity Lion” in recognition for his efforts rendered in the sport of rugby at the college assembly last Friday while fifth-year player Nathan Yee Chang will captain Trinity College in the upcoming rugby season.
The Trinity Lion is a prestigious honour awarded to a sportsmen for their exceptional display of sportsmanship. Since the year 2011, the honorary recipients of this award have been the 2011 skipper Murad Ramzeen, Rehaan Weerakoon, Kaneel Seneviratne (2012), Thisila Karunathilake (2012), Dharshana Udalagama (2012, Randika Alwis (2012), Sanjaya Somasiri (2012) and Tarinda Ratwatte (2014).
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The fourth-year player for Trinity College, Rahul made his debut in the Trinity jersey for the side in the year 2013 and later had the privilege of captaining the side in the year 2016. His performance as a lock forward last year earned him a spot in the Sri Lanka under19 team last year when they toured for the ASIAD.
In similar fashion, Rahul currently is a part of the 28 member squad that will be touring Malaysia for the Under 19 Championship this year that is expected to commence on the 9th of December. Despite his team finishing sixth, he was an exceptional player in the second row and also had the privilege of drawing the 72nd Bradby Shield encounter this year.
Rugby Football colours were awarded for Nathan Chang, Lashan Wijesuriya, Sanushka Abeywickrema, Diluksha Dange, Avishka Shiek and Naween Rajaratnam, Shalindra Alahakoon. Colours were re-awarded to Thushila Perera, Anuka Boyagoda and Geshan Pethiyagoda.
In athletics, Shenal Ratwatte who set a new meet record at the Junior Nationals was conferred with the Lion for athletics.
Nathan Chang to lead Trinity
Fourth-year colours man Nathan Yee Chang will take the reigns as captain for the Trinity 2017 outfit as they prepare themselves for a greater challenge ahead. Moving to his fifth and final year, Chang will be looking to finish his long-running rugby career in style and bring back Trinity to the top leaderboard.
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Playing at hooker, Nathan is expected to lead the side from the frontline as they train together with their new coach Lote Raikabula. Sri Lanka under 18 sevens player Anuka Boyagoda will be the deputy skipper for the side.
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