Chandrishan Perera is a household name in Sri Lankan rugby and is currently wheelchair bound due to nerve compression. He is a former Sri Lanka Rugby captain, a coach, a fitness trainer, a journalist, commentator and was also a stalwart in the Senior Advisory Committee of MoraSpirit.
The Sri Lanka Rugby governing body has organised a fundraising match be played on the 6th of April from 6.30 onwards under floodlights at Havelock Park grounds. The proceedings collected at the entrance will be used to fund his treatment. This game is also a selection platform for the upcoming Asian Rugby 15s. The teams consist of players who schooled in Colombo schools as 'Colombo Origins' while the other players from the 'Rest of the Country' team.
He is desperately in need of help because this condition leads to Parkinsonism in the future. Unfortunately the cause of this is due to high contact in rugby. He has slightly improved from how he was but is still a having high risk of not recovering from this disease.
This match will feature some of the most talented club rugby players in the country who are eyeing for the National Jersey. The teams were selected based on the best performers in the recently concluded Dialog Rugby League. The teams will have a mix of talent comprising of current national sevens rugby players and schoolboy talent from yesteryear.
This encounter will indeed be a highly anticipated encounter for all rugby fans, friends and well wishers of Chandrishan sir. He was known to be a dashing player at wing position, played domestic cricket and also went onto captain the winning team at Fiji Sevens in 1994. The country is definitely saddened by the unfortunate condition Sri Lanka's highly acknowledged rugby legend but is in fighting spirits.
We from MoraSpirit wish sir a speedy recovery and also for all readers to come and be part of this game for he has been a true stalwart in MoraSpirit, Sri Lankan Rugby and also a good friend to everyone.