The Thomians led by Pandula De Silva managed to have one of their most successful seasons in recent memory in the 2016 season managing to win all their trophy matches and emerging runners up in the Singer Schools Rugby League and also winning the all island schools rugby sevens after a lapse of 22 years. The Thomians played a holistic brand of rugby blending speed with strength coupled with hard work and determination the team managed to have some memorable victories and displayed the much fabled Thomian grit.
This season the team will be led by the highest try scorer of last seasons schools rugby league and the man who captained Sri Lanka at the under-18 Asian sevens tournament Naveen Henakankanamage .
The 2017 season presents a new challenge for the Thomians who have retained the services of Coach Tavita Tulagese who will be aided by his assistant coach Viraj Prasantha and trainer Rahumi Abdeen. The new look team is losing 11 players from last season and will be looking to the likes of Naveen and his deputy Sharith Nanayakkara to fill that void.
Naveen’s explosive bursts of speed will be critical to the Thomians style of play while Nanayakkara will be looking to create inroads in opposition defences from the center position.
Fly half Hans Walpola will be the chief creator while the ball is in play while scrum half Dion Dias will play a pivotal role in terms of organization and recycling the ball. Full back Mayon Jayawardene will be crucial to the defensive line and trying to find gaps in the opposition.
The biggest loss to the Thomians from last season would be in their pack ,losing their starting front row and number 8. Christian De Lile and Harith Senanayake will be looking to maintain the form and consistency they displayed at the ruck last season while Aabed Cader will be throwing to the lineout for the Thomians. Adisa Handunpathirana will be leading the front row with last years experience under his belt. The challenge for this years forwards will be to replicate the formidable form they showed last season.
Overall the Thomian team is young and exciting and will be motivated to not only achieve last seasons success but also to go one better and win the illustrious title of schools rugby league champions.
This seasons fixtures
February 27th vs Prince of Wales College
March 4th vs Zahira College
March 12th vs Wesley College
March 17th vs Trinity College
March 24th vs Science College