Royal College authorities assured on Wednesday (February 15) that the boys from Reid Avenue will give priority to fair play and maintain values in sport during the upcoming school season when they announced the beginning of the third year of a six year sponsorship deal they have with Kia Motors (Lanka) for the academic institute’s rugby teams at a ceremony at Royal College Sports Complex in Colombo.
Rohantha Peiris who heads the Royal College Rugby Advisory Management Committee told journalists that the values maintained in rugby can be carried onto their personal lives as well.
These are times when rugby coaches are hired and fired, especially when school rugby teams fare poorly during the season. However, Royal College Principal BA Abeyratne said that his school’s rugby team will not adopt a win at any cost attitude during the season. The six year sponsorship deal between Royal College and Kia Motors (Lanka) will not only see the First XV team but the school’s under 14, 16 and 18 teams benefitting as well. Royal’s sponsorship package with Kia is worth a whopping 27 million rupees.
The Reid Avenue school is one academic institutes that spends lavishly on rugby, but they had to be satisfied finishing third in the league tournament and being runners-up in the Milo-sponsored knockout tournament last season. Peiris speaking further said that the school was quite content last season having retained the Bradby Shield and the B.C Anghie Trophy which were against Trinity College and St. Peter’s College respectively.
“This season we have eight coloursmen and hope to contest both the league and knockout tournaments,” Peiris said. Kia Motors (Lanka) Managing Director Mahen Thambiah said that while Kia too great pleasure in sponsoring Royal College, he expects its rugby team to go about winning in a disciplined way in the efforts made to go forward.
The Royal College rugby team is captained this season by Ovin Askey.