Hettiarchchige Premasiri - An Appreciation
Police Rugby is deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague Mr Hettiarchchige Premasiri last nigh in Rome, Italy. He is a product of Dharmaduta College, Badulla who then excelled in Athletics and Soccer. He was talent spotted to rugby at the Police Inter Division Sevens tournament 1976 whilst under training representing the Sri Lanka Police College, Kalutara and later moulded himself to be an deceptive winger; very quick to accelerate off the feet. He has been one of the leading try scorers on many seasons. His match winning four back to back tries all covering an average of at least 50 meters in the second half against Air Force in 1985 is considered his best ever performance with that formidable side. He was rewarded instantly by the then Late IGP Mr H.W.H. Weereasinghe. He represented Police Rugby team for 12 long years (1976 - 1987) and had the distinction leading the side in 1986 to become the unbeaten league champions of the "Gold Leaf" trophy. He toured with the national team for HK Sevens and Far East (HK & Taiwan) in 1985 and Bangkok Asiad in 1986, all under national skipper and his teammate, Rohan Gunaratne, the present Executive Director of SLR. We will truly miss a dear and humble friend. Police Rugby and the rugbyhub join to extend their deepest condolences to his beloved wife Kanthi, the daughter and son. "May he Attain Nibbana"
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