CR and FC are preparing to celebrate their centenary later this year. The celebratory events will kick-off with the release of the club’s centenary coffee table book in September 2022.
The Red Shirts committee headed by former Royal skipper and national XV a side player, Ted Muttiah, have planned a Rugby Sevens Tournament in April 2023. This will be slotted between the famous Hong Kong Sevens and Singapore Sevens. It is intended that many Sri Lankan diaspora attending these two international events would decide to visit Sri Lanka as well.
President Ted Muttiah said: “I am humbled by the CR membership’s confidence and honour bestowed upon me to continue the outstanding work of the respective General Committees and illustrious predecessors before me. I am well supported by Deputy President Tikiri Ellepola, Vice Presidents Savantha de Saram and Shanitha Fernando, General Secretary Jakque Diasz, Treasurer Dr. Ravi Edirisinghe and Immediate Past President Sriyan Cooray who form the executive committee.”
Ted ended by saying, “Many players have shown interest to join the Red Shirts in the season ahead. We have personal discussions with any player who approaches us. Players join our ranks on mutually agreed terms and a commitment to embrace the CR&FC values.”
Former Isipathana and national player Kavindu de Costa will lead the men’s team, while Kanchana Kumari – also a national representative – will lead the women’s team at the Inter Club Tournament during 2022/2023.
Former Royal, Kandy SC and CR and FC player Dushantha Lewke is the Head Coach of the men’s unit, while Sujani Ratnayake, current national assistant coach and manager, will look after the women’s team.
So far former Isipathana, Police SC player, Vageesha Weerasinghe and former Antonian, national and Kandy SC player, Danushka Dyan have indicated they will join the Longdon Place Club for the 2022/2023 rugby season.
Following are the events lined up (subject to change according to the situation in the country).
Sept – Launch of Centenary year celebrations with release of coffee book
Oct/Nov – Centenary Rugby tournament announcement
Dec – Centenary year Christmas event
Feb – Rugby tournament rules and draw
April – Centenary Rugby Tournament (7s)
July – Music Festival
Sept – Gathering of Sri Lanka rugby Legends Past and Present (from all clubs by invitation only)
CR tie dinner dance
Close of centenary year
By Special Correspondent