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Rugby legend Chandrishan Perera passes away

Sri Lankan Rugby legend Chandrishan Perera, who provided an invaluable service towards uplifting the sport in the country, passed away after being admitted to a hospital in Negombo yesterday (24).

A former star rugby player who also led the Sri Lankan national rugby team, Perera was a well-known national sporting icon. He later went on to play a big role in the administration of the sport in Sri Lanka, and also served as a rugby coach, as well as a commentator.

Chandrishan had his early education at St. Peter’s College, and moved on to England, where he studied law and criminal psychology before being spotted for his sporting talents. The rugby veteran had been diagnosed with a rapidly progressing case of Parkinson’s Disease a few years ago, and as of recently, had been confined to a wheelchair. 

In April 2019, the Sri Lanka Rugby community came together to honour the rugby legend at the Origins encounter at Havelock Park.