Saman the athlete turned ruggerite-by Althaf Nawaz
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.