Kandy mourn for death of rugby legend Chandrishan

Kandy Rugby lovers are mourning the death of a popular ruggerite, coach and commentator Chandrishan Perera who has passed away aged 60 on Sunday. He was a well-known figure and was a respected around the rugby field.

A native of Negombo Chandrishan studied at St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya up to grade five, there after he left to UK to continue his studies and joined Mill hill School in London and continued his higher studies. He played rugger and cricket for Harlequins along with Simon Hunter and ended up playing for Rosslyn Park. In 1979 he came back to Sri Lanka and joined CH and FC, where he earned a name. Played in sevens and fifteen a side rugby he was the person who was instrumental in getting Simon Hunter for CH and FC for the R. Premadasa trophy knockout tournament since 1984 the year Chandrishan Perera led the side and became runner-up to CR & FC.

Chandrishan played for the Sri Lanka side from 1979 to 1974 as a top wing-three-quarter and he led the Sri Lanka sevens side. As a ruggerite was a fine wing three quarter, fine runner and tackler. After leaving CH and FC rugby he started his own rugby training school

He was also rugby selector and trainer for the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union, after saying good bye as a player he contributed to the game as a national coach who generously imparted his vast knowledge to many young generations of rugby players. A fitness fanatic, Chandrishan was as fit as a fiddle and worked as a fitness trainer for sportsmen and women of multiple disciplines. He was also an administrator of repute and was once the Chairman of National Rugby Selectors.

Chandrishan Perera’s voice was synonymous with the game of Rugby. If he was not commentating on the game, his was the voice that was spurring the crowds on at the grounds. Chandrishan had a unique way with his words, he was a much sought after motivator, host and compere who could address any gathering.

Chandrishan was diagnosed with a rapidly progressing case of Parkinson’s Disease and degeneration of the spinal cord in 2018. In 2019 he received the Life Time Award of Excellence with the Honorary Title ‘Kreeda Bhushuna’ at the Presidential Sports Awards for his dedicated service and determined commitment to the development of Sports in Sri Lanka. This was an accolade he held very close to his heart and treasured dearly. Good bye Chandrishan. RIP

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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