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CANADA CELEBRATE PAN AM GAMES MEDALS

The Pan Am Games concluded with medals for the USA Women and Men’s teams winning Silver and Bronze. The Women’s Eagles brought down a mixed squad to Lima, Peru, of veteran sevens players and new caps, while the Men’s team were a mixture of Sevens Residency Program players and university standouts

Canada demonstrated their Pan Am rugby supremacy with a gold medal in the Women’s event, and a silver medal in the Men’s. (See photo above.)

Women

Canadian Women defended their past Pan Am gold medal, going undefeated in the five contests. The USA, too, went undefeated in their first four games, setting up the North American final for the 2019 title. A seasoned Canadian team defeated the USA 24-10.

The USA’s results:

USA 62 – Trinidad and Tobago 0

USA 49 – Argentina 0

USA 38 – Colombia 0

USA 33 – Brazil 19 (Semi Final)

USA 10 – Canada 24 (Final, gold and silver medals)

Emilie Bydwell, former Brown U. and Eagle star, coached the team, and served as General Manager.

Men

The mostly novice Men’s squad waltzed through the first two matches before being upset by Brazil 12-10 in Pool play. Then, they lost to eventual gold medal winner Argentina 31-7, before winning the bronze medal against Brazil 24-19. Los Pumas defeated Canada 33-10 for the gold.

The USA’s results:

USA 62 – Guyana 0

USA 20 – Chile 7

USA 10 – Brazil 12

USA 7 – Argentina 31 (Sem Final)

USA 24 – Brazil 19 (Bronze Medal, 3rd place match)

J.D. Stephenson coached the team.