Priyantha to coach Kingswood this season
A top rugby referee has taken over the coaching of the rugby team of
Kingswood College, Kandy this season. He takes over from Nalaka
Weerakoddy who is unavailable due to business commitments.
Priyantha Gunaratne is a product of Vidyartha College, Kandy and he
represented the school at rugby as a centre three quarters from 1988 to
1992 and the vice captain of the team in his last year. Later he played
for Kandy Sports Club as a winger before taking to rugby coaching.
His first assignment as a rugby coach was at his alma mater in 1992
and 1993. In 1994 he moved over to St Anthony's College and coached this
school up to 2005. He turned around the rugby fortunates of the
Antonians and they became school league champions in 2001 under Tikiri
Dissanayake and also won the Singer Sri Lankan Schools Rugby Sevens in
Highlight of his career as a rugby coach was that the Antonians had a
winning streak for eight successive years against their traditional
rivals Trinity College from 1998 to 2005 which is a record for the
Antonians - a record which cannot be emulated in the near future as the
lions are now roaring loud as ever.
In 2006 he took a break from the game and took to serious refereeing
officiating in top school and club matches which included the Bradby
Shield encounter of 2007.
In the year 2007 he was invited to coach Kingswood College and
relinquished duties after two years. He also coached St Anthony's
College in 2009 and 2010 before giving up once again. In the years 2001
and 2002 and he was Sri Lanka under 19 assistant coach to Asanga
As a referee he has made several tours abroad for tournaments in
Dubai - four times, and also to Malaysia, and Thailand for local
Kingswoodians will be fielding a fresher laden side and Priyantha
Gunaratne will have his hands full in moulding them.