Acadia player earns spot on Canada's U-20 rugby squad

John Decoste
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Axewoman Maddie MacKenzie has been named to Canada’s national U-20 women’s rugby team.

The native of Peterborough, Ont., will enter her third year at Acadia this fall. She was the Atlantic University Sport conference women’s rookie of the year in 2012 and was named to the all-conference team following the 2013 season.

As a rookie, she had seven tries in eight regular season games, tops in the conference among first-year players. In 2013, she had 11 tries, tied for second on the team and tied for fifth in the conference.

Acadia head coach Matt Durant has described MacKenzie as “an exceptional player with great speed and competitive instinct, and also very coachable.”

The five-foot-nine winger, who is studying toward a bachelor of science degree, will play for Canada in a CAN-AM series against the United States Aug. 20 to 23.

The U-20 women’s national team was undefeated in 2013 and won the U-20 Nations Cup, Canada’s first-ever Nations Cup win.

Acadia alumna Andrea Burk is also part of the national program and is competing with the senior women’s squad this summer at the IRB Women’s World Cup.

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport, IRB Women

Geographic location: Acadia, Canada, Peterborough United States

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