Sri Lanka Rugby
SportRugby Union
Founded10 August 1908; 115 years ago (10 August 1908)
AffiliationWorld Rugby
Affiliation date1988
Regional affiliationAsia Rugby
HeadquartersOld Sports Ministry Complex, No. 33 Torrington Place, Colombo 7
PresidentLasitha Gunaratne
Vice president(s)Nazeem Mohamed
DirectorRohan Gunaratne
SecretaryThusitha Peris
Official website
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Rugby is the governing body for rugby union in Sri Lanka. It is one of the oldest governing bodies in the world, being founded as the Ceylon Rugby Football Union in 1908.[1]


The Ceylon Rugby Football Union was founded in 1908.[2] The Ceylon Rugby Football Union (Ceylon RFU) was founded on 10 August 1908 at a meeting between representatives from Uva, Dimbula, Kelani Valley, Dickoya, Kandy and Colombo at the Grand Orient Hotel (now known as Hotel Taprobane) in Colombo. At the meeting H. B. T. Boucjer (from Uva) was elected as Chairman with the representatives unanimously resolving to form the Ceylon Rugby Football Rugby Union and to apply to be affiliated with the English Rugby Football Union. The Ceylon RFU also resolved that Kandy be selected as the centre of the Union and that J. G. Cruikshank be elected as Honorary Secretary. The Ceylon RFU became the first Rugby Union in Asia.

The SLRFU joined the IRB in 1988.[3] In March 2011 the IRB stripped the SLRFU of full member status after it failed to conduct board elections in accordance with the By-Laws,[4] the SLRFU's full membership however was subsequently re-instated follows the successful completion of the Union’s Annual General Meeting and Board elections.

In 2016 the SLRFU resolved to rename the organisation to Sri Lanka Rugby, following recent changes to other major rugby sporting bodies across the world.


Sri Lanka Rugby has several teams under its control.

Former teams


Member Unions

See also


  1. ^ "A 100 years of Unbroken Tradition!". Archived from the original on 6 June 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  2. ^ "National Unions". Rugby Football History. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ Bath, Richard, ed. (1997). The Complete Book of Rugby. Seven Oaks Ltd. p. 74. ISBN 1-86200-013-1.
  4. ^ "IRB strips Sri Lanka rugby of full member status". The National. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2014.