Two McMaster Marauders helped Canada punch its ticket to the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup after defeating the United States Eagles, 13–11 at BMO Field in Toronto. Canada won the aggregate matchup by a score of 40-20.
Playing for Team Canada were Marauder rugby alumni Aaron Carpenter, who has been the Team Canada Captain since the summer of 2012, and Tyler Ardron, who was also a captain for Canada’s National A team last year. Both Carpenter and Ardron were in the starting 15 that Canada used against the USA.
The game in Toronto began with the United States down by 18 points in the aggregate home-and-home matchup following Canada’s 27-9 victory on Aug. 17 in Charleston, South Carolina to open the series.
“It was a tough victory, they came out with everything, and we battled all 80 minutes and thankfully we stuck together long enough to pull out a victory,” said Carpenter, who recently booked his 50th international cap for Canada. “We’re happy to have qualified, and get to go to the World Cup.”
“I think about half my caps are against the USA, at least it feels that way, we play them more than anybody. They are our biggest rivals and most common enemy. It’s good to get one over on them, I think they wanted to be in that pool we each were fighting for it,” said the Brantford native, who won three Ontario University Athletic titles while playing at McMaster.
“It was an amazing summer, but a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day it’s us just being able to get together and win matches.”
With the victory, Canada qualifies for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Playing in Pool D, Canada will face off against France, Ireland, Italy and an opponent from Europe yet to be determined.