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Fazil Marija ruggerite and coach par excellence

Fazil Marija
Fazil Marija

Fazil Marija, is the Head Coach of Kandy Sports club Rugby team since 2018 who is an IRB Level One and Level Two Rugby Coach and Fazil had followed Courses in Rugby coaching in South Africa in 2018 and in 2019 in Ireland. He says that the present Kandy SC team is mixed with experienced and new players and so far with his coaching Kandy sports Club has recorded four victories.

Fazil was one of the finest Rugby Players produced by Kandy Sports Club in the last two decades who started playing Rugby at the age of Ten Years at his alma Mater Kingswood College, Kandy under the Coaches A.C.Tennakoon and former Police Rugby player Asela Muthumala and C.Hettiarachchi. He played for Kingswood Rugby team through-out his Rugby career from under 13 to Under 19 from 1995 to 2004 and led his School team in the year 2004 to become All Island Champions of the Seven-a-side League and Fifteen-a-side Knock-out tournaments. At that time the Best players of his team were Mohamed Jabar, Maduka Tennakoon and Achala Perera to name a few and they played tirelessly to become All Island School Champions.

Fazil had the privilege of representing Sri lanka Rugby team at the age of 17 years when he was a Schoolboy and from then onwards he continued to play for the National Team in the Rugby Sevens as well as the National Rugby Fifteen from 2005 to 2015. During this period Fazil Marija led the Country in the Rugby Sevens and Fifteen-a-side and as a leading Player he took part at the Hongkong Sevens in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In addition he represented the National Rugby fifteen team at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and Scotland and Asian Games in Doha, Qatar and Korea. Fazil was in the Champion Kandy SC Rugby team which won the League and Clifford Cup Knock-out Tournaments from 2004 to 2018 except in 2012 & 2013 League Championships.

Fazil Marija started Rugby as his favourite sport when he played with his brother Faizal and cousins Amjad Buksh, Nilufer Ibrahim and Ronnie Ibrahim. All these Rugby players represented Sri Lanka later in their careers.

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