Rugby Legend Gamini Fernando called to Eternal Rest
Ceylon Today notes the passing of a Rugby Legend with sadness. The last rites of Gamini Fernando were held at a private funeral yesterday, respecting his wishes. Fernando was a player, coach, administrator and referee. Known affectionately as Gamma Rugby, Havelocks and his family will miss the Adonis face of Gamini Fernando.
Born in Kandy, he was a proud product of Trinity College and excelled in Rugby and played cricket. He played under Ken de Joedt and Denzil Kobbekaduwa. On leaving school, he played for Havelocks, which team he captained in 1967. However, he hung up his boots prematurely in 1969.
He was President of the Sri Lanka Rugby Union and the Sri Lanka Society of Rugby Football Referees and Havelocks Sports Club.
He was also the National Coach and also coached Havelocks and Police. In addition, he was a Life Member of Sri Lanka Rugby and Havelocks Sports Club, of which he was also a Patron.