Priyantha Ekanayake (Centre)

Former Sri Lanka captain, president of the (SLRFU) Priyantha Ekanayake who was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of SLRFU took over his duties on January 2.  He is sure to give his best as CEO.  He can be rated as the best ruggerite, produced by St. Anthony’s College, and is the first Antonian to lead a Sri Lanka side at rugby. From 1985 to1997, he was a regular member of the Sri Lanka team and had the privilege of leading the country at four Asiads — a record.

Priyantha also had a stint in New Zealand where he played for Ravense Bourne Sports Club in the Premier League. He also played in Wales for Ebbebale Province. In1997, he made Kandy and the country proud by leading the Asian Barbarians invitation team. The Barbarians comprised players from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.  The other players who were selected were Thushara Jayalath of Havelocks SC and Asoka Jayasena of Kandy SC, but Asoka skipped the game due to Kandy Sports Club’s Cup Final. He coached the Kandy Sports Club side when Hariss Omar led the team, and helped the club to win the inter-club sevens for the first time.