Shafie dies on eve of Bradby

By Lal Gunesekera

Former Trinity college, Kandy Sports Club, Havelocks and Sri Lanka ruggerite Shafie Jainudeen passed away yesterday (15) in Australia. He was a superb place-kicker and full-back.

Shafie first played soccer whilst in junior school at Trinity with his father’s backing. His father was President of the Kandy FA. He also played Second XI cricket for Trinity under Alex Lazarus.

He took to rugby in 1964 and played for his house at TCK (Garret) coached by Mohan Sahayam and David Ondajjee initially.

Shafie graduated to Trinity’s First XV in 1966 and played under Glen Van Langenburg and won his colours. He played under Ajith Abeyratne in 1967 and 1968. He played for Kandy Sports Club in 1969 and for Havelocks from 1970 to 1975 in which year he was the captain. He now his Trinity ‘Lion’ in 1967.

He played against London Welsh and Emus in 1972 and for Sri Lanka at the Asiad in 1974.

He was first employed at Freudenberg and then Hayley’s. He spent 25 years in Dubai before going to Kenya, Bangladesh and Singapore. Shafie was also CEO at McLarens, before settling down in Australia.

Janaza took place yesterday.

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