Saman the athlete turned ruggerite-by Althaf Nawaz

Saman Kothalawala

Saman Kothalawala

Source:Dailynews

It is very rare to find a person who had engaged in several sporting disciplines during his school career later turn out to be a quality sportsman representing the country at International level. Pushpalal Saman Kothalawala was one of them who had an enthralling career at school, Club and later ended up as a National  player in  Rugby. 

Saman better known as ‘Kottha’ in the rugby circles hails from an educated family  his father late K.S.Kothalawala was a retired Inspector of Police and mother  was Evegin Weeratunge.

He has four brothers and a sister His elder brother Shanthilal Sarath played Rugby for Ananda College and is a retired Manager of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation. His elder sister Nirmali Shirani  is a retired English teacher at Devi Balika  Vidyalaya. His younger brother Hemal  was a product of Lumbini College and now serves as a Veterinary Surgeon at VRI in Kandy. 




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Hemantha Yatawara was a top class ruggerite, athlete and hockey player-by Althaf Nawaz

Hemantha Yatawara

Hemantha Yatawara

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The outstation schools played a pivotal role, especially in the Central Province by producing some quality players with a sound educational background. Hemantha Yatawara is no stranger to that category who was a robust player who engaged in several sports while reaching the pinnacle in the game of rugby.

Hemantha Yatawara popularly known as ‘Yatta’ in the sporting circles hails from a family of six brothers and a sister. His father B.D.Yatawara was a former Sri Rahulian while mother Leela Dissanayake studied at Poramadulla Central Hanguranketha. Both his parents have stood as a pillar of strength in supporting him and Saman the elder and Udaya the younger brother throughout their sporting career from the childhood days, even though they were not from a sporting background. They were especially very supportive by feeding them with hygienic food which was required to engage in sporting events, which ultimately became a morale booster for them to compete in sports.




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Norman Silva the athlete turned ruggerite-by Althaf Nawaz

Norman Silva

Norman Silva

A man renowned for good human qualities and sportsmanship, who ultimately ended up as one of the finest rugby players Sri Lanka has ever produced, who had never handled the oval shaped ball in his school career was Norman Silva.

Born to a family in Nittambuwa, where his father Francis Silva, was a renowned businessman. While being the youngest member amongst his nine siblings including one sister, he hung up his Police uniform as a Deputy Inspector General after serving 38 years, from the time he joined as a Sub Inspector way back in 1982. Norman joined St. Anthony’s College, Wattala which was a prominent Christian school, where the game of Rugby was not very well established at that time. His elder brother Jerard Silva who was a leading athlete held the National record in discus throw which influenced Norman to step into sports, especially athletics. He had a liking to maintain his physique and opted to take part in Athletics. He enrolled himself in the college athletics team and the volleyball team, which was one of the popular sports in that era. In athletics, his main events were Put Shot and Discus Throw.




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