February Cosmo Guy, Tarinda Ratwatte Shares His Story On And Off The Rugby Field - Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka
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February Cosmo Guy, Tarinda Ratwatte Shares His Story On And Off The Rugby Field

This former Trinitian and Sri Lankan rugby sevens player is as charming and down-to-earth as they come. He’s reading for his law degree and is committed to the sport he loves. Good looking and smart, he’s a total catch!

Pamod Nilru

Tell me a bit about yourself and how you got into rugby.

My parents instilled the love of exercise and adventure in me and my sister from a very young age, exposing us to a wide range of sports and outdoor activities. It was then left to us to choose what we wanted to pursue.

For me, the fact that everyone in my dad’s family had played rugby for Trinity College, and the fact that my dad had captained the school  in 1983 (going on to play for Sri Lanka), I felt destined to carry on the legacy.

At the age of 10, I begged my parents to send me to Trinity and set off to live with my maternal grandparents in Kandy. As hard as it was to leave my parents and sister at that tender age, it was the best decision I made—no regrets!

What are your tips for balancing sports and studies?

The best thing about being 21 is that the world is at your feet and nothing is impossible. My tip would be that you should not let others define you—make your own rules, be driven by your own passion and always set the highest standards for yourself.

Rugby takes up a lot of my time and energy, but I always try and remain current in my course work and make every effort to not miss lectures. My coaches and lecturers have been very supportive and have given me the flexibility I need to juggle both fields.

Has it been difficult?

It has been a serious commitment and meant lots of sacrifices. There are times when rugby has had to take a back seat. For example, last year, after the club season, I was selected to play for the Sri Lanka XV at an Asian rugby championship, but I had to turn it down because my exams were taking place at the same time. It takes a lot of hard work, and some fun and laughs to keep the balance.

If a girl were to ask you out, where would you like to go? [Ladies, take note!]
First of all, I love girls asking me out! I also love beer and girls who enjoy it just as much,  so a bar would be best! As for where I would like to go—I like surprises and would leave it to her to decide.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Colombo?
Honestly, I love to sleep whenever I can! Apart from that, I like chilling out with friends, good conversations, watching a movie, listening to music and dancing—all-in-all having a good time.

What’s your favourite romantic memory?
A rooftop dinner on Valentine’s Day with champagne and the works.

What are your plans for the future?
On the academic front, I plan to finish my degree and pursue my Masters overseas, before moving back to Sri Lanka. In terms of rugby, I aim to stay on my current path and improve my game every time I walk onto the field. Right now, that’s all I can do—keep getting better and stronger.

In a few words…

1. Fave TV show?

2. New hangout spot?
Sugar Bistro Wine Bar and The RE.PUB.LK

3. Favourite comic camp: Marvel or DC?

4. Food weakness?
Nothing like a home-cooked rice and curry

5. Role model?
My dad

6. Where would you take a girl on a first date?
It will always be a candlelit dinner, preferably on a beach with good food

7. What do you follow? Your heart or head?
Mostly my heart…sometimes my head!

8. Is chivalry dead?
chivalry is definitely NOT dead


This article was originally published as ‘The Cosmo Guy’ in the February 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. For information on more talented guys, grab a copy of our latest magazine.

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