McMaster Marauders have reason to be excited about its 2009 men’s rugby recruiting class, describing it as the best since 2002. The class features four national team program players, three provincial team players and an invited member of the prestigious UK based Saracens Academy.
The eight recruits introduced are: Tyler Ardron (Lakefield, ON), Jon Collins (Madawaska, ON), Ryan Fried (New Hamburg, ON), Jarrett Hamilton (Guelph, ON), Craig Leveridge (Oakville), Davor Stojanov (Stoney Creek), Lawson Mann (Markham, ON), and Matt Raguseo (Stouffville, ON).
McMaster head coach, Dr. Phil White indicated that the 2009 rugby recruit class is the strongest since the 2002 group that included three players (brothers Dan and Mike Pletch and Aaron Carpenter) who would go on to represent Canada at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
“Each of the incoming players brings something different to the table, encompassing any of power, height, athleticism or skill,” said White. Mac has captured five of the past seven Ontario University Athletics (OUA) rugby championship titles.
Ardron is 6’4″ and 235 pounds. He plays lock, blind side flanker, and Number Eight. The Lakefield District Secondary School graduate will study Social Sciences at Mac. Ardron was a member of Ontario’s U15, U16, and U18 (twice) teams. His play earned him a spot on Canada’s U17 squad in 2007/2008. He was named Best Forward on the 2008 U17 UK Tour and currently he is a member of the Ontario Senior Men’s Squad.
Collins is 6’0″ and 225lbs, The flanker will pursue history at Mac. He was born in London, England, and came to Canada in 2007. Collins was invited to the UK Saracens Academy team.
Fried is 6’1″ and 260lbs. The prop, a graduate of Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School, will focus on Social Sciences at McMaster. Fried was a member of the Ontario U16 and U18 twice and suited up for Canada’s U17 team in 2007 and 2008. The member of the Canada U20 team in 2008 and 2009 is currently in Japan competing for Canada at the Junior Rugby World Cup.
Hamilton is a 6’3″, 205lbs flanker, who comes to the Marauders from John F. Ross C.V.I. Social sciences will be the course of study for the member of the Ontario U18 in 2008.
Leveridge is 6’0″ and 195lbs. The centre from Abbey Park high school will study social sciences. Leveridge was a member of the Ontario U17 in 2008 and is currently trying out for the U18 team.
Mann is a 6’0″, 173lbs fullback/wing. The Markham District High School grad honed his skills with the Markham Rugby Club; the Canadian U17 team in 2008 and 2007; the Ontario U17, U16 and U15 teams; and he is a current member of Ontario’s U18 team and registered in the social science program at Mac.
Raguseo is a 5’11”, 186lbs fly half from Stouffville District Secondary School and will study social science at Mac. He was a member of the Canadian U17 team in 2008 and played for Ontario’s U17 and U18 teams.
Stojanov is a 6’0″, 180lbs centre from Saltfleet Secondary School and will study kinesiology at Mac. Stojanov played with Ontario’s U18 team.
The McMaster men’s rugby team begins training camp in the fall.