Meet the Rugby clubs
by Indika Amarasinghe
The Navy Sports Club, one of the most fiercely competitive rugby clubs in the domestic rugby scene for the past four years, is experiencing a team rebuilding stage. Navy has been forced to regroup with the curtain just about to raise and signal the opening of the 2015 /16 inter club league rugby season largely due to player crossovers.
Almost nine of their top class rugby players have left the club to join Kandy SC and Police SC this season.
The ‘sailors’ have lost the services of half back Srinath Sooriyabandara, forward Soyuru Anthony, winger Vishvamithra Jayasinghe (All to Kandy SC), three quarters Chamara Dabare, Reeza Mubarak, forwards Sharo Fernando, Billal Hassen, Achala Perera and Terence Henry (All to Police SC).
Some of the fresh faces signed up to represent Navy SC are Heshan Maduranga, Isipathana captain Omalka Gunarathna, Matheesha Sarathchandra, Isuru Kongahawatte and Sri Lanka under 20 player and promising fly half from D.S.Senanayaka College Buddima Piyarathna.
According to the reliable sources either ex-national captain Yoshitha Rajapaksa or national centre Dinusha Chathuranga will captain Navy Sc this season.
Their main obligation this season is to regain the league title which they lost to Kandy SC last season, virtually by a mere single try in total in the end.
In this season the probable Navy squad will comprise players of the likes of Kalana Amarasinghe, Swarnathilaka, Sathya Ranathunga, Yoshitha Rajapakse, Dinusha Chathuranga, Danushka Perera, Suranga Pushpakumara, Richie Dharmapala, Kanchana Perera, Kasun De Silva, Dulanjana Wijesinghe, Hasitha Perera, Ayesh Thivanka, Lee Keegal, Chanaka Chandimal, Saliya Handapangoda, Danushka Sandaruwan, Kosala Thisera, Mohammed Izadeen, Niranjan Wickramaratna, Omalka Gunarathna, Matheesha Sarathchandra, Buddima Piyarathna, Heshan Maduranga and Isuru Kongahawatte.
Navy Sc will come out for the first time this season against Air Force with the match scheduled at Welisara on November 20 at 4:00pm.