There will be a Marauder representative on hand when Canada travels to Brazil for the World University Rugby Sevens Championship in August. Fourth-year scrum half Chad Strapp, of Dundas, was among the 12 men named to the national team by Rugby Canada on Friday.
McMaster men’s rugby head coach Dan Pletch describes the sevens game as “one of the fastest growing sports in Canada,” particularly as its Olympic debut in 2016 is quickly approaching.
He believes that Strapp is an ideal sevens player, due to his work ethic and physical and technical makeup.
“Chad has worked extremely hard over his time at McMaster, and his versatile skill set, high levels of strength and conditioning and combative nature make him a natural sevens player,” said Pletch. “We wish Chad the best as he goes on to represent McMaster rugby and Canada at the upcoming FISU World Championships.”
Rugby Canada considers the FISU event to be an evaluation stage for those athletes looking to participate internationally at the senior level.
“We use this tournament as a way to identify more players and give them the chance to compete at an international event,” says national women’s coach Sandro Fiorino. “Some of our national players are on the teams too, so that they can gain more experience on the world stage. These players will have the opportunity to put their hand up for future tournaments and may possibly enter Canada’s 2016 and 2020 Olympics Sevens program.”
The men’s competition will run from August 8-10 in the Brazilian city of São José dos Campos.