Saman the athlete turned ruggerite-by Althaf Nawaz

Saman Kothalawala

Saman Kothalawala


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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Jayasena first Anandian to play for Lanka-by Althaf Nawaz

Asoka Jayasena

Asoka Jayasena



A player who had no grass root level involvement in rugby later turned out to be a one of Sri Lanka’s finest rugby players produced by Ananda College, Colombo was Asoka Jayasena who is the first Anandian to play for Sri Lanka

Asoka hails from a sports loving family and lived in a neighbourhood in Minuwangoda. His father was Jayasena Pathirana while Vijitha Tennakoon was his mother. He is the eldest of a family of three including two sisters. His father served in the Sri Lanka Police representing Athletics team in 1960. His father’s elder brother G.P.Wimaladasa from Mirigama and uncle Charles from Gampaha were two popular figures in the sporting circles as both represented Sri Lanka at volleyball in the same era.

Asoka enrolled at Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa to follow his primary education in GCE Ordinary Level class and crossed over to Ananda College, Colombo for further studies. He likes to extend his sincere gratitude to late Reggie Ranatunga, father of former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who was instrumental in enrolling him at Ananda College in 1984. Late Ranatunga was a close family friend and monitored the potential of Asoka during small days, who by then was a very indefatigable sportsman involved in Athletics and Cricket at Joseph Vaz, where he competed in the Public school meets and All Island Junior championship meets from 1978 to 1984.

Due to his build and body structure one of his school mates Vajira de Silva motivated him to take part in Rugby instead of playing cricket at Ananda College.

He then played a pivotal role there from 1984 to1988, engaging in Rugby with the first XV team under the coaching of G.B. Gunadasa. His team came to the R. Premadasa Trophy semi final and lost to Royal College 6-11 but in the quarter finals they defeated S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia 14-4, under the captaincy of Asela de Silva in 1988, which was a remarkable achievement in his school’s rugby career.

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