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Employment History

President

Nomads & CCC

Captain

Thurstan College

Affiliations

Treasurer
OBU

Founder Member
Thurstan School

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NEW update - Rugby History of Thurstan

www.thurstancollege.net [cached]

History records that Thurstan began playing rugby in 1957. Thurstan was the second government school to take to rugby and from the inception started playing with all leading teams.

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Dushyantha Samarasekara was a tower of strength behind Thurstan Rugby and his contributions are well remembered.
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In the mid sixties Thurstan did not fare in top order but did well to retain their name as a fighting outfit. Not be outdone a galaxy of stars emerged from this era too. Sarath Fernando a dashing wing three-quarter who played for CR&FC, Sunil Jayakody a familiar figure in up country rugby who captained Dimbula for many years, Mangala Ratnayake who excelled for Army and later coached the college, Tissa Nanayakkara one of the best forwards (also with a fame for place kicks) produced by Thurstan.
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Entry of Upali Hewage (captained '68) as rugby convener in 1985 marked a rapid improvement and refinement in Thurstan Rugby. He was able to attract some of the best coaching talent like Vipula Dharmadasa, his brother Chula Dharmadasa, National Coach Ajith Abeyrathne, Nanayakkara brothers Tissa and Sisira, Senaka Kumarasinghe and Ajith Fernando. During this period Thurstan won against St Thomas Mt lavinia for the first time and defeated Royal in 1991 under Asela Weerasignhea (a nippy scrum half who played for Havelocks but gave up prematurely) and in 1992 under Ruwan Sirisena. Ajantha Rodrigo another star of this era played for Thurstan till 1990 & captained Police SC.
Thurstan featured prominently in almost all the senior and junior tournaments. In 1991 Thurstan qualified for the president's trophy under the leadership of Asela Weerasinghe for the first time, and was unfortunate to loose to Ananada College in the semi finals in the penalty shootout. Since then Thurstan has played almost all the president trophy tournaments. Chaminda Samaranyake who played for Thurstan from 1889 to 1992, Played for CR&FC and latter for Police SC before injury kept him away from professional rugby.
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In 1993 Thurstan under the leadership of Suranga Kulawickrama came close to a draw with the score reading 11 all with the their traditional rivals Isipathana only to loose out 18 to 11 with a try by Isipathana in the injury time.
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Nishantha Welagedara the present captain of the Police SC is also a product of Thurstan.
In late nineties Thurstan rose up in school rugby arena and in 1997 Thurstan registered two superb wins over Royal College and St.Thomas college to reach the finals of the President trophy only to loose out to Isipathana in the finals. Both in 1996 & 1997 Thurstan reached Milo 10 A side tournament finals with Isipathana. Both this occasions Thurstan were unlucky to loose to Isipathana their traditional rivals in the finals. And finally in 1998 under the captaincy of Nuwan Kumara, Thurstan were able to topple Isipathana after 35 years and creamed up with winning the prestigious President's trophy for the first time.
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In 2000 Thurstan reached the semifinals of president trophy again beating Isipathana in the quarter finals, and lost St.Thomas in the semifinals.
...
Thurstan can really be proud of their Rugby history as they produced not only classy players but a galaxy of personalities who contributed immensely to the game in Sri Lanka.


NEW update - Rugby History of Thurstan

www.thurstancollege.net [cached]

History records that Thurstan began playing rugby in 1957. Thurstan was the second government school to take to rugby and from the inception started playing with all leading teams.

...
Dushyantha Samarasekara was a tower of strength behind Thurstan Rugby and his contributions are well remembered.
...
In the mid sixties Thurstan did not fare in top order but did well to retain their name as a fighting outfit. Not be outdone a galaxy of stars emerged from this era too. Sarath Fernando a dashing wing three-quarter who played for CR&FC, Sunil Jayakody a familiar figure in up country rugby who captained Dimbula for many years, Mangala Ratnayake who excelled for Army and later coached the college, Tissa Nanayakkara one of the best forwards (also with a fame for place kicks) produced by Thurstan.
...
Entry of Upali Hewage (captained '68) as rugby convener in 1985 marked a rapid improvement and refinement in Thurstan Rugby. He was able to attract some of the best coaching talent like Vipula Dharmadasa, his brother Chula Dharmadasa, National Coach Ajith Abeyrathne, Nanayakkara brothers Tissa and Sisira, Senaka Kumarasinghe and Ajith Fernando. During this period Thurstan won against St Thomas Mt lavinia for the first time and defeated Royal in 1991 under Asela Weerasignhea (a nippy scrum half who played for Havelocks but gave up prematurely) and in 1992 under Ruwan Sirisena. Ajantha Rodrigo another star of this era played for Thurstan till 1990 & captained Police SC.
Thurstan featured prominently in almost all the senior and junior tournaments. In 1991 Thurstan qualified for the president's trophy under the leadership of Asela Weerasinghe for the first time, and was unfortunate to loose to Ananada College in the semi finals in the penalty shootout. Since then Thurstan has played almost all the president trophy tournaments. Chaminda Samaranyake who played for Thurstan from 1889 to 1992, Played for CR&FC and latter for Police SC before injury kept him away from professional rugby.
...
In 1993 Thurstan under the leadership of Suranga Kulawickrama came close to a draw with the score reading 11 all with the their traditional rivals Isipathana only to loose out 18 to 11 with a try by Isipathana in the injury time.
...
Nishantha Welagedara the present captain of the Police SC is also a product of Thurstan.
In late nineties Thurstan rose up in school rugby arena and in 1997 Thurstan registered two superb wins over Royal College and St.Thomas college to reach the finals of the President trophy only to loose out to Isipathana in the finals. Both in 1996 & 1997 Thurstan reached Milo 10 A side tournament finals with Isipathana. Both this occasions Thurstan were unlucky to loose to Isipathana their traditional rivals in the finals. And finally in 1998 under the captaincy of Nuwan Kumara, Thurstan were able to topple Isipathana after 35 years and creamed up with winning the prestigious President's trophy for the first time.
...
In 2000 Thurstan reached the semifinals of president trophy again beating Isipathana in the quarter finals, and lost St.Thomas in the semifinals.
...
Thurstan can really be proud of their Rugby history as they produced not only classy players but a galaxy of personalities who contributed immensely to the game in Sri Lanka.


NEW update - Rugby History of Thurstan

www.thurstan.net [cached]

History records that Thurstan began playing rugby in 1957. Thurstan was the second government school to take to rugby and from the inception started playing with all leading teams.

...
Dushyantha Samarasekara was a tower of strength behind Thurstan Rugby and his contributions are well remembered.
...
In the mid sixties Thurstan did not fare in top order but did well to retain their name as a fighting outfit. Not be outdone a galaxy of stars emerged from this era too. Sarath Fernando a dashing wing three-quarter who played for CR&FC, Sunil Jayakody a familiar figure in up country rugby who captained Dimbula for many years, Mangala Ratnayake who excelled for Army and later coached the college, Tissa Nanayakkara one of the best forwards (also with a fame for place kicks) produced by Thurstan.
...
Entry of Upali Hewage (captained '68) as rugby convener in 1985 marked a rapid improvement and refinement in Thurstan Rugby. He was able to attract some of the best coaching talent like Vipula Dharmadasa, his brother Chula Dharmadasa, National Coach Ajith Abeyrathne, Nanayakkara brothers Tissa and Sisira, Senaka Kumarasinghe and Ajith Fernando. During this period Thurstan won against St Thomas Mt lavinia for the first time and defeated Royal in 1991 under Asela Weerasignhea (a nippy scrum half who played for Havelocks but gave up prematurely) and in 1992 under Ruwan Sirisena. Ajantha Rodrigo another star of this era played for Thurstan till 1990 & captained Police SC.
Thurstan featured prominently in almost all the senior and junior tournaments. In 1991 Thurstan qualified for the president's trophy under the leadership of Asela Weerasinghe for the first time, and was unfortunate to loose to Ananada College in the semi finals in the penalty shootout. Since then Thurstan has played almost all the president trophy tournaments. Chaminda Samaranyake who played for Thurstan from 1889 to 1992, Played for CR&FC and latter for Police SC before injury kept him away from professional rugby.
...
In 1993 Thurstan under the leadership of Suranga Kulawickrama came close to a draw with the score reading 11 all with the their traditional rivals Isipathana only to loose out 18 to 11 with a try by Isipathana in the injury time.
...
Nishantha Welagedara the present captain of the Police SC is also a product of Thurstan.
In late nineties Thurstan rose up in school rugby arena and in 1997 Thurstan registered two superb wins over Royal College and St.Thomas college to reach the finals of the President trophy only to loose out to Isipathana in the finals. Both in 1996 & 1997 Thurstan reached Milo 10 A side tournament finals with Isipathana. Both this occasions Thurstan were unlucky to loose to Isipathana their traditional rivals in the finals. And finally in 1998 under the captaincy of Nuwan Kumara, Thurstan were able to topple Isipathana after 35 years and creamed up with winning the prestigious President's trophy for the first time.
...
In 2000 Thurstan reached the semifinals of president trophy again beating Isipathana in the quarter finals, and lost St.Thomas in the semifinals.
...
Thurstan can really be proud of their Rugby history as they produced not only classy players but a galaxy of personalities who contributed immensely to the game in Sri Lanka.


NEW update - Rugby History of Thurstan

www.thurstan.net [cached]

History records that Thurstan began playing rugby in 1957. Thurstan was the second government school to take to rugby and from the inception started playing with all leading teams.

...
Dushyantha Samarasekara was a tower of strength behind Thurstan Rugby and his contributions are well remembered.
...
In the mid sixties Thurstan did not fare in top order but did well to retain their name as a fighting outfit. Not be outdone a galaxy of stars emerged from this era too. Sarath Fernando a dashing wing three-quarter who played for CR&FC, Sunil Jayakody a familiar figure in up country rugby who captained Dimbula for many years, Mangala Ratnayake who excelled for Army and later coached the college, Tissa Nanayakkara one of the best forwards (also with a fame for place kicks) produced by Thurstan.
...
Entry of Upali Hewage (captained '68) as rugby convener in 1985 marked a rapid improvement and refinement in Thurstan Rugby. He was able to attract some of the best coaching talent like Vipula Dharmadasa, his brother Chula Dharmadasa, National Coach Ajith Abeyrathne, Nanayakkara brothers Tissa and Sisira, Senaka Kumarasinghe and Ajith Fernando. During this period Thurstan won against St Thomas Mt lavinia for the first time and defeated Royal in 1991 under Asela Weerasignhea (a nippy scrum half who played for Havelocks but gave up prematurely) and in 1992 under Ruwan Sirisena. Ajantha Rodrigo another star of this era played for Thurstan till 1990 & captained Police SC.
Thurstan featured prominently in almost all the senior and junior tournaments. In 1991 Thurstan qualified for the president's trophy under the leadership of Asela Weerasinghe for the first time, and was unfortunate to loose to Ananada College in the semi finals in the penalty shootout. Since then Thurstan has played almost all the president trophy tournaments. Chaminda Samaranyake who played for Thurstan from 1889 to 1992, Played for CR&FC and latter for Police SC before injury kept him away from professional rugby.
...
In 1993 Thurstan under the leadership of Suranga Kulawickrama came close to a draw with the score reading 11 all with the their traditional rivals Isipathana only to loose out 18 to 11 with a try by Isipathana in the injury time.
...
Nishantha Welagedara the present captain of the Police SC is also a product of Thurstan.
In late nineties Thurstan rose up in school rugby arena and in 1997 Thurstan registered two superb wins over Royal College and St.Thomas college to reach the finals of the President trophy only to loose out to Isipathana in the finals. Both in 1996 & 1997 Thurstan reached Milo 10 A side tournament finals with Isipathana. Both this occasions Thurstan were unlucky to loose to Isipathana their traditional rivals in the finals. And finally in 1998 under the captaincy of Nuwan Kumara, Thurstan were able to topple Isipathana after 35 years and creamed up with winning the prestigious President's trophy for the first time.
...
In 2000 Thurstan reached the semifinals of president trophy again beating Isipathana in the quarter finals, and lost St.Thomas in the semifinals.
...
Thurstan can really be proud of their Rugby history as they produced not only classy players but a galaxy of personalities who contributed immensely to the game in Sri Lanka.


My Rugby days at Thurstan by - Vernon Caldera

www.thurstan.net [cached]

However, I developed a liking to Rugby and this was not surprising as most cricketers were in the Rugby team too.

I was also inspired by two pioneers of Thurstan Rugby from my neighborhood Surath Wickremasighe (Our first Captain 1957 & 58) and Jeff Rutnam (who skippered
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. As T M K Samat another of the pioneers & one of the greatest scribes once wrote Thurstan was then an "L" shaped school and the going was not easy. Not very well known in the rugby circles sans a play ground or old boy support every thing was tough from practicing in the corner of the old Racecourse and obtaining fixtures, and personalities like Surath will be hard to forget for their courage, determination and leadership that paved the way for us to recognition..
My first big year in Rugby was in 1962 when I got in to the 1 st XV under Rajah Wirasekera (now domiciled in Germany) and ourhappiest moment was when we surprisedColombo with a superb win over St Peters and this did give us lot of encouragement.
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Being a rainy day, in front of a large crowd neither side has scored when almost at the long whistle in semi darkness yours truly dived through the legs of Thomian scrum half Tony Sirimanne (who later on coached Thurstan) for a try, but to our disappointment try was disallowed and the referee who was our coach called off the match stating the lines were not visible and the crowd was encroaching the field.
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VERNON CALDERA represented Thurstan in Rugby, Cricket and Table Tennis and on leaving school joined NCC representing them in Cricket,
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Rugby Tennis & Hockey. Latterly he played for Nomads & CCC. On retiring from active sports

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