Former McMaster Marauder Tyler Ardron has signed with the Ospreys of Swansea, Wales. The Ospreys are one of four top-flight rugby union teams in Wales, and compete in the RaboDirect Pro 12 and Heineken Cup.
Photo: McMaster Athletics/Charlotte Peer
Ardron signed along with Canadian national teammate Jeff Hassler on Saturday (June 8).
The signing follows an exceptional year for Ardron, in which he rose to the captaincy of the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team and was recognized as Rugby Canada’s Male Fifteens Player of the Year on April 13. The 21-year-old flanker continues to improve, and was recently named as the Player of the Match after a Pacific Nations Cup victory over the United States in May, in only his sixth senior national appearance.
Ardron won his seventh Canadian cap in a June 5 victory over Fiji in the same competition.
The ex-Marauder spoke glowingly of his new club in the wake of his signing.
“The Ospreys are a club with a first class reputation and this is a great opportunity for me to go into an environment that is recognized as one of the best in world rugby,” said Ardron is an Ospreys press release. “The prospect of being an Osprey myself and joining up with the squad for pre-season is an exciting one that I’m really looking forward to.”
Andy Lloyd, Rugby Operations Manager at the Ospreys, confirmed that the club had been monitoring Ardron for some time, and had competitors for his eventual signature.
“Tyler is another individual that we’ve watched very closely over the course of the last year and we believe he will prove to be a real asset to the team,” said Lloyd. “He is an outstanding athlete with a real physical presence, combined with an excellent game awareness, and he will provide genuine competition to the players already here.
“He has shown while on international duty that he is an exciting individual capable of competing against world class players and we have had to fight off considerable interest to secure his services.”