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Kandy Rugby Carnival to be revived

The Kandy rugby carnival featuring old boys teams Antonians, Kingswoodians, Rajans, Trinitians, Sylvestrians Vidyarthians and Sumangalians is to be revived shortly. The first carnival held from July 28 to August 1, 1986 went on for nearly four years and the winners were presented with the Harris Ratwatte challenge trophy. This carnival was mooted by C.H. Seneviratne and H Marikar in an attempt to infuse greater enthusiasm into the game of rugby among the school leavers in Kandy.

Rest of the people who gave a hand to make it a success were H.M. Halimdeen, Dr. C.D.L. Fernando,Joe MadaweLa, Deva Amunugama, Rohan Silva, Dudley Gunatilake, Alex Lazarus,Kumar Meeriyagalle and Upali Senanayke. Rugby sevens teams are made up of seven players playing seven-minute halves, instead of the usual 40-minute halves. Sevens is one of the most well distributed forms of rugby, and is popular in Kandy at school and club level

Rugby training begins

Kandy Schools have started rugby training and are sure to do well in the inter school competition. The schools rugby is expected to kick off from last week of March. The schools who are keen to give their best are Kingswood College their key game is against Wesley College for the Blaze trophy. Trinity College who are blessed with some good players are all out to do well and their key game is the Bradby Shield against Royal College. Vidyartha College too is in good form and their main game is for the Gopallawa Shield against Ananda College,The other schools who are sure to give their best are Dharmaraja College, Sri Rahula College, Sri Sumangala College St. Sylvester’s College who are blessed with good talented coaches.

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