Flanker Rumesh Premathilake a proud product of Kingswood
27 year old, Rumesh Premathilake, an old boy of Kingswood College,Kandy, is an outstanding Rugby player who started playing Rugby in School under the coaching of Rohitha Mendis in the year 2007 as a Flanker from Grade Seven onwards.
In 2013 he helped the School under 13 Rugby team to gain victory at the Central Province Schools Rugby Tournament held at Bogambara Stadium Kandy and there were two more outstanding players in the team i.e. D.M.Wijesinghe and Aruna Perera (present Air Force Rugby Captain)and both helped the School Rugby team to be successful. Their Under 15 Rugby Team did not have an opportunity to achieve an outstanding performance but their under 17 Rugby team came up-to Semi finals at the ten-a-side Rugby Tournament and Royal College,Colombo became Champions and Trinity College,Kandy emerged Runners-up at the particular tournament.
In the following Rugby season Rumesh led the Rugby team of Kingswood College and came up-to semi finals in the Under 19 Seven-a-side Rugby tournament and this tournament was won by St.Peters’ College and Runners-up was Isipathana College. In the Kingswood Rugby team other than Rumesh, outstanding players like Ravindu Chaturanga, Ravindu Illangangedara,
Buwaneka Wijeyabandara and Aruna Perera(Vice Captain) were in the team. After leaving School Rumesh joined the Kandy Sports Club under the captaincy Of Gayan Weeraratne and their Rugby team maintained the winning spree to win Clifford Cup League and Knock-out Rugby tournaments for many years.
In the year 2017 he joined CH & FC and played under Chanaka Fonseka and in the following year he went for Rugby practices at Havelocks SC but he did not get a chance to play there. He did not participate in Rugby matches in the year 2019 as he was injured and was resting. This year he came back to Kandy SC and practiced further under the coaching of Fazil Marija and Buddhika Thalagampola and at present he is playing under the Captaincy of Nigel Ratwatte. His intention is to do his best for the Rugby team of Kandy Sports Club as long as he is fit to do so.