With two McMaster rugby players – one past and one present, on the roster – the Canadian Sevens team made history by winning the first-ever Pan Am Games gold medal with a 26-24 victory over Argentina in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Current captain of the Ontario University Athletics McMaster rugby team Tyler Ardron and Marauder alumnus Mike Scholz both played in Mexico as members of the Canadian side.
These games marked the first time Rugby Sevens was added to the Pan Am competition format, in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where the sport will be introduced to the Olympic Games.
Ardron is currently in his third-year at McMaster and helped lead the Marauders to the 2010 OUA championship. He was also the captain of the Canadian U-21 national team that competed last summer at the Junior Rugby World Cup. Scholz was a member of the Canadian senior team that competed at the recently concluded World Cup of Rugby in New Zealand.
In the team’s 45-0 quarter-final win over Mexico, Ardron was one of five Canadians to score tries, while Scholz scored two tries for Canada in a pool play win over Brazil, as the Canadians went undefeated in their pool.
The Canadian team defeated the USA 21-19 in the semi-finals to advance to the gold medal match with traditional rugby power Argentina.