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BACK IN THE MANE GAME

Trinity College, Kandy, has been known as the cradle of Sri Lanka rugby for well over a century as the college from the hill capital produced many outstanding ruggerites and champion sides, including five unbeaten teams. However, since the Lions’ last all-conquering First XV side of 1987, under the inspiring …

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Joes slow to kick-along to rugby conversion

QUADRANGLE  SPECIAL BY NEIL WIJERATNE   Joes slow to kick-along to rugby conversion     The 37th Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Rugby Football Union (now SLRFU) was held in 1954 during the famous “Annual August Week” at the GOH facing Colombo Harbour. The local custodians of this British sport representing …

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Splendour in the grass

Splendour in the grass By UL Kaluaratchi It is now decades since I handled a rugby ball. So, the kick-off at this stage of our life is difficult, yet it always is considered very important. I would like to kick off these random reflections by paying a warm tribute to …

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KEN LEFT US GOLDEN MEMORIES

By Lawrence Heyn If anyone was to cast a mould of the perfect sportsman then Kenneth Brian de Joodt would have been the ideal prototype. The mercurial Trinity Lion, rugby genius and prolific writer passed away last August at the age of 76, and three months on the Quadrangle pays tribute …

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ASIA’S FASTEST MAN CLOCKS…

It was such a joy and honour to meet up with an active living legend, Summa Navaratnam, at the Royal College Sports Complex in Colombo recently. Still brisk and bright and actively involved in a Junior Rugby Academy he set up at Royal. In the 1940s and ’50s Summa was the cynosure of all eyes as he …

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Havies kick on for a centenary bash..

Ken de Joodt, Trinity College captain of 1957/58, was one of the key players in the Havelocks Sports Club’s glorious run in local rugby from 1960, kicking the winning goal in 1961 to clinch the Clifford Cup. Here, the famous Sri Lankan back division player, and deserving life member for his contribution …

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