After the decision of Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) to include three teams to the top division (thinking that Science College will take legal action) Dharmaraja College Kandy are up with arms with the schools section seeking that they too should be included in the top 12.
They have already written to the schools section for their promotion to top division. According to the rules and regulation of the SLSRFA only 2 schools should be promoted to top division after each year’s tournament.
Thurstan College and Science College have obtained equal number of point’s end of last season.
More than 50 % of the school authorities in the top 11 teams have not attended the Special General Meeting (SGM) called by the schools governing body which is run by school masters and running into trouble before starting of a new season is a frequent occurrence in earlier years as well.
Rajans master in charge for Rugby, Alexander speaking to the Sunday Times said that either it should be 10 (as per rule) or 12 why all of a sudden 11 to accommodate one school. We are not against any schools but justice should prevail. What we are asking the Schools authority is what they did when we lodged a complaint against a leading school for a player who was not even qualified to stay in school.
He played under protest and no action was taken against the player or school.
The matter went under the carpet. What we are asking is to take 12 teams and put them in to two groups and after the group stages select the top 4 in each group and play cross. He ended by saying each team will play 9 games for the season. Further the last two in each group could also play among themselves. It’s a fair draw.
Though several attempts were made none of the officials were available for comments as they are presently on a holiday in Thailand.
Nilufer Ibrahim will be taking charge of Trinity “Lions” this season. The side will be led by national youth player and rock hard Murad Ramzin who will occupy the hooker’s position. The Antonian outfit will be lead by national youth player and pack leader Sanka Rajaguru.
The Rajans will be coached Sri Lanka rugby legend Hisham Abdeen. Abdeen coached Ananda, St Peter’s and his last stint was with Isipathana. The Randles Hill School Kingswood will be coached by former Kandy SC full back and place kicker Nalaka Weerakody.
Meanwhile in Colombo Champions outfit Petrites will be lead by scrum half Bhanuka Nanayakkara and coached by ever reliable Sanath Martis. Thomians will be coached by Sudath Sampath, Joes will be handled by Sunanda Fernando and Bilal Yusuf. Isipathana College will be led by Prasad Davinda with an old boy of the school and Sri Lanka Sevens specialist Shamly Nawas looking after the coaching aspect of the lads at Havelock Town.
Pack leader Shehan will lead Royal and New Zealander Theo will be in charge of the side once more.
The school League will kick off at the end March and wrapped off by July with the knock-outs. Rugby calendar will be too heavy this year with the Sri Lankan national side preparing for the much important Asian 5 Nation Tournament. The club season will be postponed by 2 months to accommodate this.