Anil Jayasinghe top rugby coach and referee | Daily News


Anil Jayasinghe top rugby coach and referee

A man from Kandy who gave his best for rugby is Anil Jayasinghe, who was a top ruggerite coach and referee. Born in Kandy at Nittawela, he had his education at Vidyartha College, where he excelled in sports, especially rugby and cricket. At school, he led the rugger and the cricket teams. He played for the Outstation Schools, Kandy Sports Club and Up-Country, He was also in the national pool and had the privilege of leading both Kandy Sports Club and Up-Country. He led the Up-Country side against Hong Kong under 24 where the Hong Kong side beat Up-Country by 23 points to 13 at Bogambara.

Anil Jayasinghe turned in several great performances for Kandy Sports Club,for well over a decade,. He has made a great contribution to uplift the standard of the game over here in the hills, by his involvement in the fields of refereeing,coaching and administration. He also gave his best for the Sri Lanka Rugby Referees Society and also for Central Province Rugby Football Union. He was a committee member of the Kandy Sports Club, and also was ground secretary at one time .

After hanging up his boots, he took to refereeing, in 1992, his first game as referee was between CH and FC and Petersons SC., he has refereed over 250 games. As a referee he has accompanied the Sri Lanka rugby team overseas and also has blown in overseas tournaments, including three internationals . He is a World Rugby Educator and Match Official(CMO) for the Referees Society of Sri Lanka and Asian Rugby Football Union(ARFU).

.. Anil has coached his school Vidyartha College,Dharmaraja College, Trinity College both juniors and seniors, and Kandy Sports Club. He also has followed coaching courses in Scotland, England, and Wales. He is the present rugby referees manager.