Former Sri Lanka national rugby captain and prominent sports personality Chandrishan Perera passed away at a private hospital yesterday.
Chandrishan was born in 1961 and schooled at St. Peter’s College Bambalapitya upto Grade 5 before leaving for London to continue his studies at the Millhill School London.
After leaving school, he read for a degree in Criminology and completing it with great success. In the UK, he played cricket and rugby for Harlequins along with Simon Hunter.
He later played for the Roslynn Park team.
Chandrishan returned to Sri Lanka in 1979 and joined CH & FC. From 1979 he represented CH & FC in sevens and XVs rugby and was instrumental in getting Hunter to represent CH in the Premadasa Knockout tournaments since 1984 when Chandrishan captained the team.
CH won the Premadasa trophy eight times with Chandrishan representing Sri Lanka’s national 7s team from 1979 to 1994 as a Wing Three Quarter.
He captained the national 7s team in 1994, touring Fiji and winning the 7s Championship in Fiji.
He was also a member of the national team that won the Bowl at the Hong Kong 7s under the captaincy of Hisham Abdeen
After leaving CH in 1994 he represented Kandy SC in the all island sevens tournament played at Havelock park.
He ran his own rugby training school and his advertising company called Sharky’s sports advertising .
Chandrishan was also a rugby selector and trainer for the Sri Lanka national cricket team.