Marauder’s men’s rugby players make major contribution to Canadian teams

The McMaster men’s rugby program continues to make a major contribution to Canadian rugby.

McMaster alumni Aaron Carpenter (Brantford) wore the captains “C” for the first time in the bronze medal game of the Churchill Cup in Denver, Colorado. In the same contest, Mac alumni and brothers Mike and Dan Pletch (Lucan, ON) packed down together for the first time for Canada as a hooker/ prop combination. The fixture marked the first cap for Dan Pletch at the tight head position.

Canada placed fourth at the Churchill Cup, the best finish for the team since the tournament moved to a six-team format.

Team Canada will play the U.S. Eagles in the second game of a home-and-home series on Sunday (July 11) in Edmonton the Americas’ region No. 1 berth into the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. Canada was upset 12-6 in the first game and must now defeat the U.S. by at least seven points in the second leg of the total-point qualifier.

At the International Rugby Board (IRB) Toshiba Junior World Under-20 Championship in Tokyo, McMaster student-athlete, Grant Schneider (Oakville) scored an interception try in the 80th minute to nail down a victory for Canada against Uruguay. This was Schneider’s first try in a Canadian jersey.

In the same game, McMaster student-athlete, Chris Dickenson (Oakville) came off the bench to play at outside centre. Dickenson has now represented Canada at all age groups from U17 up to U20.

Not to be outdone, McMaster recruit Ryan Fried (New Hamburg, ON) came off the bench to play the hooker position. Fried has previously played for the Canadian U-18 team.

McMaster coach Tyler Leggatt led his Oakville-based Abbey Park high school midget team to a victory in the Barbarian Cup (the unofficial Ontario midget boys’ championship). The victory came against Uxbridge high school, coached by McMaster alumni Paul Connelly.

The McMaster men’s ruby team will begin training camp in August.