MCMASTER MEN'S RUGBY PLAYERS MAKE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO CANADIAN RUGBY

HAMILTON, Ont. - The McMaster men's rugby program continues to make a major contribution to Canadian rugby.

McMaster alumnus Aaron Carpenter (Brantford, Ont.) wore the captain's "C" for the first time in the bronze medal game of the Churchill Cup in Denver, Colorado.

In the same contest, McMaster alumni Mike Pletch (Lucan, Ont.) and Dan Pletch (Lucan, Ont.) 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.

At the International Rugby Board (IRB) Toshiba junior world championship in Tokyo, Japan, McMaster student-athlete Grant Schneider (Oakville, Ont.) scored an interception try in the 80th minute to nail down a victory for Canada against Uruguay. This was Schneider's first try wearing a Canadian jersey.

In the same game, McMaster student-athlete Chris Dickenson (Oakville, Ont.) came off the bench to play at outside centre. Dickenson has now represented Canada at all age groups from under 17 up to under 20.

Not to be outdone, McMaster recruit Ryan Fried (New Hamburg, Ont.) came off the bench to play the hooker position. Fried has previously played for the Canadian under 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 alumnus Paul Connelly.

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

Source: McMaster Marauders
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