By U.J. Jezeem – Kandy Sports Correspondent
Rugby fans in the hill capital received with shock the news that 25 ruggerites from Kingswood College had been suspended for one (1) year following the fight which erupted in their schools ‘A’ division rugby tournament match against St. Anthony’s College Katugastota played at the Bogambara Stadium in Kandy in June this year.
The match was abandoned four minutes into the second half and at the time Kingswood were leading 6-5. The impact of the ban would be Kingswood having to start from the bottom again. This suspension one would feel is far too much at school level as similar incidents of this nature had been witnessed at club level and often a red card is issued on a player and sometimes a couple of yellow cards could well diffuse a situation. Suspending ruggerites for one year from a single team has had no parallels in this country.
Master in Charge of Kingswood College rugby Reuben Wijewardena said that they have not received an official communication from the relevant authorities and when they receive such document, they will certainly take steps to lodge a formal appeal as a matter of priority. This suspension if persisted would defiantly destabilize rugby at Kingswood College, which was one of the first schools to play interschool rugby in Sri Lanka after the game was introduced by the then Principal L.E. Blaze in the 1890’s.