As we turn back the pages of history we unfold events that led to the formation of this club a passing reference had been made to Ceylonese Rugger which at the time was clamoring for recognition before the CR & FC was formed.
As history records it all started when the founding father Colonel Ernest Huntley Joseph established Ceylonese Rugger he grouped together a rugger team to play on the Nondescripts Cricket Club Grounds. Colonel Joseph who was the President of the N.C.C. took charge of his players, coached them and organized fixtures with other established and reputed clubs. The instant success achieved prompted him to form a truly Ceylonese Rugby& Football Club and for this purpose public opinion and support was canvassed. The Club which took root in 1922displayed his regimental colors of Red and Blue and as it grew in stature adhered to steadfast principals, highest traditions and dignity and was soon considered the mecca of rugby. Through the years the Club had produced much high profile and outstanding players from a team popularly known as the ‘Red Shirts’ and many went on to represent the Country with distinction. The Club today is acknowledged both locally and abroad the most important and prestigious Rugby Club in Sri Lanka and is in the process of initiating a program to establish a Rugby Academy to develop rugby standards and nurture and groom aspiring ruggerites to attain national and international recognition.
As the Club prepares for another year of great promise and exciting rugby scheduled to commence from November 2014 onwards as a Club we enthuse with many expectations to reach the top rung in the game. The game of rugby needs the money and the team’s performance is heavily dependent on it and to achieve this, the focus needs to be on financial resources in order to maintain the rugby squad, grounds, and other related activities for which the Club seeks the generosity of many to realize this dream.
As of recent times the Club has seen many developments and improvements with a facelift in appearance and refurbishments which makes the precincts more comfortable and pleasant for its members. The past few months the Club embarked on many projects which will benefit the members. Improvements to the Billiards Room, Squash Courts, and Floodlit Tennis Courts. Stressing emphasis on fitness the Club provided its Members with a Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, and Indoor Badminton and further ventured for an Archery Range as a relaxation. For entertainment, the Club outsourced Soap Football fun game and established Playtrix which is a Sports Bar and Café.
The main entrance and side gate have been impressively installed through the kind courtesy of the Sri Lanka Army. Contracts have been renewed on corporate advertising billboards which adds a colorful appearance to the grounds and the Club hosted many International musical shows and live telecasts of sporting events. In a progressive plan, the Club is in the process of acquiring a transformer and a generator to proceed ahead with delayed projects in the pipeline.
With the season to unfold at years end, the Club’s “ Red Shirts “ ready themselves to battle it out on the rugby fields of Colombo and Hill Country and our enterprising squad is shining their armory gearing for combat led by Captain…………………………and his battalion of players comprising………..names………………….
With all these achievements the ensuing year would see the Club, without doubt, be a popular rendezvous for rugby, entertainment, and relaxation, thanks to the many hands-on who made this a success story with many more chapters to turn over as the years roll on.
CR & FC……….. a ‘Red Hot’ story of Success !
Mr. Sriyan Cooray – President
Mr. Hiran Muttiah – Deputy President
Mr. Jakque Diasz – Hony. General Secy.
Mr. Nuwan De Silva – Hony. Treasurer
Mr. Gayan Withanage – Hony. Asst. Gen. Secy
Mr. Saneth Gamage- Hony. Asst.Treasurer
Mr. Ashan Ratwatte – Vice President
Mr. Ravi Perera – Vice President
Mr. Chandima Perera – Bar Secretary
Mr. Gayan Amarasinghe – Restaurant Secretary
Mr. Mano Jayarajan – Chairman Other Games
– Social Secretary
Mr. Hamza Hassanally – Ground & Pavilion Secretary
– Chairman Sponsorship
Mr. Savantha De Saram – Chairman Rugby Board
Mr. Ravi Gunerathne – Past President
Mr. Omalka Gunaratne –Rugby Captain
Mr. Hamza Hassanally
Mr. Niranjan Kodikara
Mr. Nissanka Goonesekera
Mr. Sujeeva Cooray
Mr. Jeremy David
Mr. Rienzie Fernando
Mr. Raji T De Sylva
Mr. Hemaka Amarasuriya
Mr. G.Manik Pereira
Mr. Savantha De Saram – Chairman Rugby
Mr. Pavithra Fernando
Mr. Jivan Gunatillake
Mr. Dinuk De S. Wijeratne
Mr. Shiek Hussain – Manager Rugby
Mr. Chula Dharmadasa
Mr. Tony De Sylva
Mr. Michael Matthysz
Mr. Mohan Balasuriya
Mr. Raji T De Sylva
Mr. G.Manik Pereira
Mr. John Rudra