Mohan Samarakoon excellent ruggerite and administrator | Daily News


Mohan Samarakoon excellent ruggerite and administrator

Mohan Samarakoon
Mohan Samarakoon

Well-known rugby player of Up-Country Mohan Samarakoon who is one of the trustees of CPRFU was named as one of the honorary life members of Sri Lanka Rugby at the AGM due to a request made by the Central Province Rugby Football Union. It is a good move but there are many more from Kandy who have done a lot for the game, CPRFU should go back to history and decide who should be recognized

Any way Kandy rugby lovers are happy about Trinity College ruggerite Mohan Samarakoon’s appointment. He was a star performer on the rugby field and was a ruggerite, coach, rugby administrator and a one time national selector, who learnt his rugby at Trinity College as a hard tackling forward,also played for Kandy Sports Club in the 1970’s. He was one time president of the Central Province Rugby Football Union and gave a big hand for the game. His good work expanded the game to towns like Dambulla, Naula, Laggala, Kekirawa,Matale, Walapane, Rikillagaskada, Poramadulla, Hanguranketh, Hettipola, Wasgamuwa, Hasalaka, Mahiyangana and the suburbs of Kandy. After taking to planting he first played for Dimbula A & CC, Uva Gymkhana club, Dickoya MCC and Up Country. He was also a national rugby selector and coached Dickoya MCC.

He gave a big support to OTSC sports when he was the president and also introduced rugby to OTSC. He became the first interim committee head of a sports club, when he was unanimously appointed as the Interim Committee Chairman of the Old Trinitians Sports Club. Mohan who was one time president of the club did yeoman service.

Later he became the President of the Central Province Rugby Football Union and one time Council Member of the SLRFU. A fine organizer he knows how to get things done.

When he was the school administrator at one time, he did his best to give his school the much needed fillip. He was well known for his good work in the field of sports, social work and charity. He is a benefactor of the Kandy Cancer Society and the president of the Kandy Hospital Committee.


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