Dinal Ekanayake played school rugby as a full back for his alma mater Kingswood College, Kandy. He captained Kingswood 1st XV team in 2021 at the Inter-School rugby tournament and went on to represent the Sri Lanka Junior national fifteen a side team.
Speaking exclusively to Daily News, Dinal said “When I was in my young age my father took me to rugger practices as I love playing the game of rugby and that virtually made me enter the world of sports My family supported me to come this far. So I’m grateful for the support I have received from all my family members throughout this journey so far. My father is the one who inspired me to choose rugby and that’s the reason why I chose rugby.
“Actually it’s really hard to become a rugby player. But if you love what you are doing then you can achieve that. The more you practice the more you will become a good rugby player. Sometimes you will feel like you want to give up, but you should never give up”.
“My favourite cricketer is former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara and whenever I would spend all my free time watching rugby matches”..
“Becoming the Carlton Super sevens champions beating St.Joseph’s under my captain Asiri Seneviratne in 2017 was my most unforgettable incident thus far in life, and to date I really cherish that moment. “My top priority is to look after my family and my favourite holiday destination is New Zealand”.
“I always try to compare myself to New Zealand rugby player Reiko Ione, but I know It’s not that easy to become like him, but I’m trying my best to do so” “My greatest accomplishment so far in life was getting selected to the Sri Lanka national under -19 fifteen a side team.
“The best compliment I have received was from my coach Ananda “Kastro” Kasturiarachchi and he once said that I will become a player in the Sri Lanka national rugby team”.
“Yes of course. I am very happy with all my achievements thus far as a young man and I always believe in what I do”.
“I went to collect a high ball which I knocked on in the end and that’s my most embarrassing moment on the rugby field that I will never forget.
“In life I like to describe myself as a fighter and when I grow up I wanted to play rugby for my country and that’s my ultimate goal “Finally I want to be a humble person and that’s the kind of legacy I wanted to be remembered for” concluded Dinal Ekanayake.