How two ‘cricket clubs’ shaped the face of rugby-BY HAFIZ MARIKAR Dickoya-Maskeliya Cricket Club, the first to play rugby Source:Sundayobserver The first ever club rugby game to be played in the country was between two Up-Country clubs, Dickoya Maskeliya Cricket Club and Dimbula Athletic and Cricket Club. This match was played on September 7, 1880 with Dickoya Maskeliya CC represented by planters wining the game by 9 points to 3 at Darawella. The return game took place a week later at Radella and Dimbula A & CC came out as winners by three points to nil. Unfortunately, sad to say, today these two clubs are out of the game. Dickoya Maskeliya CC was led by Metafile and the others in the team were Curtis, Frees, Dove, Roswell, Corrier, Graham, Hayden, Messervy, Ogilvy, Parsons, Power, Wetherill, Wilton and Richardson and Dimbula led by Fyers with the rest of the players being ...

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Uva Gymkhana Club has a proud rugby history-by Hafiz Marikar Source:Dailynews When will the Uva Gymkhana Club regain its past glory? At one time this club played rugby on a grand scale, having been formed in 1928, they played rugby, cricket, tennis, hockey, billiards and badminton and at one time conducted horse racing as well. In 1952 the Uva Gymkhana Club entered the Clifford Cup finals and lost to CR & FC by 19 points to nil, they were the first club from Up-Country to enter the Clifford Cup Final and produced good rugby teams at one time. Their first Clifford cup team comprised L. Herath, A. Ariarajah, C. MaCaulayt, P.Pontibridge, G. Fernando, R. Tissera, G. Pethiyagoda, F. Brown, H. Froxely, D.Dawson, M. McKohenck, D. Bertleet, G.Roberts, S. Scobie, J Mac. ...

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Rugby star Sisira did Navy and Sri Lanka proud-by Althaf Nawaz Commander(Rtd.) H.K Sisira Source:Dailynews To become a prominent figure in any field, one should possess some extraordinary talent A man who sailed through life in the sporting field from childhood until maturity, contributing immensely to become the cynosure of all eyes, both in Schools, Clubs and the International arena as a top sportsman, was Sisira Henakankanamge, better known as HK, Sisira who was called a five-star player while in school due to his involvement in all major sporting activities. Sisira Henakankanamage started and ended his academic career at Isipathana College, Colombo. He started his sporting career at the age of ten, engaging in Cricket and Rugby. While being a schoolboy he was mostly involved with his friends in playing rugby using tennis balls or a shoe. According to HK, Rugby was like a religion at Isipathana, and was the ...

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