Y.C. Chang can easily be considered one of the greatest ruggerites of all times in this country. He started his schooling at Carey College, Colombo and later went to Trinity College, Kandy where he excelled in cricket as a ‘stumper’ and played junior rugger under the guidance of Hilary Abeyartne..

Y. C. Chang can be rated as the best front-row forward the country has produced. He played U/17 for Trinity College in 1959/60, he went over to Havelock Sports Club during 1961/63, and thereafter he joined Kandy Sports Club in 1964 In 1971, he joined the CH & FC, representing the club as player and coach, captaining the side in 1971/1972 and winning the League Title many a time until 1984YC played for Havelock SC from 1961 to 1963and for Kandy Sports Club from 1964 to 1971. From the very first year at Kandy Sports Club he played for Sri Lanka as number one front row forward.

In 1974, ‘YC’ was tipped to lead the country at the Asiad, but he was deprived on disciplinary grounds by the Union. Without playing for school, he played club and national rugby.

He was a fearless player leading the side from the front. He was at one time player-cum-coach. He led the side in 1967, 1968 and 1970. He represented the All-Ceylon team from 1963 to 1969 in the famous “All India” tournament. He had the privilege of leading Kandy Sports Club, Up-Country, CH & FC, Low-Country and Sri Lanka. ‘YC’ represented the All-Ceylon Barbarians team at the age of 18 years. He was the member of the first Asiad team in 1970. In the very first year of the Asiad, Lankans came up to the Semi-finals. He led the country and became the second to lead Sri Lanka at the 2nd Asiad in 1972.

During the time of ‘YC’s national duty, he played against London Welsh. In 1969 played Bosuns, then in 1970 Sri Lanka played Blackheath of England.

After his playing days he took up coaching and whistling. As a coach he helped CH & FC team in 1982, and under N. Karunasena they won the Clifford Cup, and in 1983 they remained unbeaten. ‘YC’, at Kandy Sports Club was a player, coach, committee member, secretary and now a honorary Life-member. Then at CH & FC, was the coach, committee member, chairman of the club, from there he became the President of Havelocks Sports Club. He is a life-member of both clubs.

He was rated as one of the finest Presidents of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union with a vision towards rugby development. It was at that time ‘YC’ made a wise move by bringing the Clifford Cup tournament to Kandy. It was under his presidency , the first Sri Lanka under 20 teams played in the 5th Pan-Pacific Championship in Taiwan and the under 25 team took part in the Inter-Collegiate tournament in the same country. Another tour to Wales and South East Asia was arranged, Coaches, Referees too, got a break with his initiative. For all his good work he was elected as the President of the Asian Rugby Football Union, and he hosted the Asiad in Colombo at Sugathadasa Stadium in the early 1990s.

‘YC’s move bringing the Clifford Cup did well to establish the game in Kandy. His organizational ability helped clubs to get sponsors, and that is what has brought the clubs to its present reputable status. He was a firm believer that club rugger is the backbone of a country.

  • sunanda jayaratne

    Y.C Chang was the first coach of Issipthana collage 1st XV rugby team when rugby was at a infant stage at Isipathana in 1963, at that time he was playing for Havelock’s.
    Our 1st match was against St. Anthony’s collage -Kandy and we manage to beat them under his Guidance and I am proud to be a member of that team. Thank you sir. Now Isipathana on a winning streak most of the time.