Kingswood travel to Reid Avenue for league opener Deadly backs hand Royal edge

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Untitled-1By Harsha Amarasinghe 

Royal College’s title defense will get underway today when they host Kingswood College, Kandy in the opening game of Inter-School League Rugby Tournament at the Royal Complex today.


Having secured the league title twice in three years, Royal will start off the season as overwhelming favourites, but losing their head coach Sanath Martis to St. Peter’s would certainly be a blow for the Reid Avenue boys. 


Wing three quarter Sabith Feroze, who has had a stunning last season, has been named as the captain of the team. The speedy back division player was among the tries for the Royalists last year and will remain one of their major threats for tries. 


Centre Janidu Dilshan was an absolute workhorse in the previous season putting up a few match deciding displays. Dilshan has done tremendously in defensive while also popping up with occasional tries. He will combine with Thulaib Hassen at centre which could prove to be one of Royal’s strongest positions. 


Former Royal coach Martis last year hailed flanker Maleesha Madumewan as one of their best forwards. The third rower has been named vice captain for the season and will be a key player in the Royal pack this evening against Kingswood.


The team from the Hill Capital of course will look to get themselves off to a flying start having had some quiet seasons in the last few years. 


Led by Tharindu Weligampola, Kingswood will be the underdogs for this opening fixture. Leading their pack is the only other senior player Rashmika Chandraratne who is playing as a prop forward.
Playing their first game at the Royal Complex could always be a daunting task, but it would be interesting to see how Royal cope without head coach Martis. 

 

Wing three quarter Sabith Feroze, who has had a stunning last season, has been named as the captain of the team. The speedy back division player was among the tries for the Royalists last year and will remain one of their major threats for tries


The Royalists have relied on their forwards in the recent years. This has actually been a very successful ploy, but with players like Dilshan, Feroze and Hassen, they are expected to play some entertaining rugby.


Royal College: Nuwan Jayawardane, Ebrahim Barrie, Aditya Weerasooriya, Samadhi Induwara, Sasitha Siyath, Risith Kavyaanjana, Maleesha Madumewan, Radesh Wijeratne, Nikhil de Silva and Lehaan Gunaratne, Sabith Feroze (Captain), Janidu Dilshan, Thulaib Hassen, Yasis Rashmika, Dulan Gunawardane 


Kingswood College: Rashmika Chandraratne, Chethiya Herath, Milan Weerasinghe, Chathura Zoysa, Channa Gunasekara, Avishka Poornajith, Janitha Rajanayake, Shanuka Gedaragoda, Dhananjaya Nuwan and Asiri Seneviratne, Thumula Weligampola, Tharindu Weligampola (Captain), Shazan Rahuman, Sachitha Seneviratne, Dinal Ekanayake

 

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