Royal College Colombo and Sri Lanka under 19 outstanding rugby player cum number eight and rolling maul specialist Supun Warnakulasooriya, who is the present Royal under 18 forwards coach, has been awarded the Royal Crown for his fabulous performance as a player and for the contributions he made during the 2015 rugby season. The last time a rugby player from the school won the Royal Crown was in 2012.
Royal Crown is the most prestigious award a sportsman can achieve at Royal College, the oldest public school in the country. It is awarded each year at the Colours Night to one or many sportsmen who produce outstanding achievements in their respective disciplines.
Some of the notable personalities who have won this award are Sri Lankan Cricketer Jehan Mubarak and Olympian Niluka Karunaratne
Along with this award Warnakulasooriya received his college rugby colours for the year 2015. Thanks to his contributions, Royal won five trophies namely the Bradby Shield (vs Trinity), Michael Gunaratne trophy (vs S. Thomas’ MTL), BC Anghie trophy (vs St Peter’s), Major Milroy Fernando Trophy (vs Isipathana) apart from ending up as undisputed League champions.
Incidentally Supun was the highest try scorer in the league tournament last year with 19 tries which included a four-try feast against the Thomians.
Warnakulasooriya being humble human being says that the credit should go to his family, all his past and present coaches and also each and every one who helped him to come to this position. His future dream is to represent Sri Lanka at rugby.