The final of the Clifford Cup, the most prestigious club rugby knockout tournament in Sri Lanka, and arguably the oldest rugby tournament in Asia, will be played on Sunday at Nittawela. Kandy Sports Club has won the Clifford Cup a record 20 times, including a consecutive period of ten years between 1995 and 2005 (the competition was not held in 1998) and six consecutive years between 2007 and 2012. In 2006 Kandy Sports Club and Navy SC both withdrew from the tournament (Kandy due to a dispute over the ground allocation and Navy as their members were called up for national service duty). The Cup was won by CR & FC.
Kandy Sports Club’s winning years are 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
CR & FC won it 14 times, including a tie with Dimbula ACC, Havelock SC won 13 times including a tie with Police SC, Police SC 8 times with ties against Havelock SC while Colombo Hockey & Football Club won it 7 times each. Dimbula A & CC won it twice including a tie with Ceylonese R & FC. Army SC twice whilst Air Force SC and Navy SC have only won the cup just once.