CR’s Agoal Rugby Academy gathers momentum

Sons and grandsons of former rugby players are aplenty at the CR/AGoal Rugby Academy which conducts rugby lessons at the CR&FC on Saturday mornings. Dilroy Fernando is the Director of the AGoal Rugby Academy and helping him are astute coaches including Summa Navaratnam and Dr. Tony De Sylva.

The Academy, formed in 2004, has grown from strength to strength and todate has a player base of over 150 players from different age groups (5 years to 20 years). On the first two tours undertaken by the Academy to Thailand in 2009, sixty players made the tour and had come off with flying colours.

Dilroy is of the opinion that with quality training that the Academy outs out the players will perform well this year too. Taking a quick look at the players it was noted that Shakeel Goonetilleke is the grandson of Ifthikar Hamid, the former Trinity, CR and Havelocks flanker of the 60’s. Ifthikar played for Trinity under Mohan Sahayam and M.T.M. Zaruk.

Above picture by Sanka Vidanagama shows a practice session in progress.

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