Ishan Noor the loyal servant of CR and FC rugby team has been appointed as their rugby captain for the upcoming rugby season of 2015/16.
Noor the second row forward previously captained the CR and FC in 2013/14 season where he brought CR and FC to a commendable fifth position in the league tournament behind Navy, Kandy, Havelocks and Upcountry Lions.
CR and FC lost in the quarter-finals of the Clifford Cup knock out tournament to Upcountry Lions at Racecourse grounds in Colombo.
That year CR and FC was coached by renowned Samoan coach Tavita Tulagaese popularly known as ‘Laga’ to all local rugby lovers, who has previously coached CR and FC, Royal College and Kandy SC.
Incidentally the previous year (2012) CR and FC was placed in a hopeless position eighth out of nine teams in the league.
CR and FC also lost to Kandy SC by 91 points to nil in the quarter-final match of the Clifford Cup at Bogambara grounds in Kandy.
Noor started his rugby career at Zahira College in Colombo where he represented the College 1st XV team as a third row forward in 2005.
Then in 2006 he changed over to St. Peter’s College Bambalapitiya where he really made his mark and excelled as a rugby player under coach Sanath Martis who had coached many promising players like Noor to achieve glory in the field of rugby with his sheer knowledge and dedication.
Noor played as a second row forward when they won the double, the schools A division league championship and schools President Trophy knock-out championship under the captaincy of Harendra Ariyawardena.
In 2007 Noor played in all the positions in the pack like prop, 2nd row, flanker and number eight except as hooker, and they were crowned the unbeaten double champions under Ranuka Jayasinghe who led the team for these victories in their 75th Year of Golden Jubilee.
In 2008 Noor was the vice captain to Poornaka Delpachitra when they took the College to their third consecutive knock-out championship.
He joined CR and FC in 2009 under the captaincy of second row forward Thomian Ashen Karthelis and up to date he served the CR and FC as a loyal member of their team.
Speaking to The Nation Noor said that the whole team is under the watchful eyes of their coach former Trinity, CR and FC and Kandy SC winger Inthisham Marikkar.
CR and FC have already begun practices and retains all the players of last season.
Also they have obtained the services of some new players such as flanker Jason Dissanayaka, full back Prince Chamara, wingers Kavindu Perera, Shashan Mohamad scrum half Kavindu de Costa and that fantastic schoolboy from Royal College, number eight Supun Warnakulasuriya. He was the architect of their famous rolling maul ending up as the highest try scorer in the league which Royal won.
He further stated that from his school days he loved CR and FC and wanted to one day play for them. He said that’s the reason why he came to CR and FC even after he received good offers and invitations to play for other clubs like Kandy SC, CH and FC and Havelocks SC.
Finally he said that he and the boys including the coaching staff are putting up a huge effort this season to bring back the league trophy to Longdon Place after 17 long years, and concluded saying with god’s blessings and sheer dedication along with commitment he wanted this year to be a lucky one so that he can hang up his boots as a happy captain.