Abbotsford’s Justin Douglas helped the Canadian men’s rugby sevens team to a victory in the bowl final, emblematic of a ninth-place overall finish, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Team Canada got off to an uneven start at the Commonwealth tourney, dropping two of their three games on Saturday. They sandwiched a dominant 68-5 victory over Barbados with defeats to New Zealand (39-0) and host Scotland (21-5).
Those results put Canada out of medal contention and into the bowl consolation bracket, and they notched their best possible finish under the circumstances with decisive wins over Trinidad and Tobago (33-0), Uganda (32-0) and the Cook Islands (50-7) on Sunday.
Douglas, age 20, is a graduate of Robert Bateman Secondary and has been a member of the Canadian senior men’s sevens program since 2012. He notched two tries in the Commonwealth finale vs. the Cook Islands.
Sevens rugby will be an Olympic sport for the first time at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and Douglas is well-positioned to be a part of that squad.