|Full name||Toronto Arrows|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Marietta, Georgia, United States[a]
Lupo Family Field
|Captain(s)||Ben LeSage |
|Top scorer||Sam Malcolm (212)|
|Most tries||Dan Moor (11)|
|League(s)||Major League Rugby|
|2019||3rd placed (regular season)|
Toronto Arrows R.F.C. is a rugby union club based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that plays in Major League Rugby. The Arrows team is an independent off-shoot of the Ontario Blues provincial programme and is funded by a group of private investors and supporters. The team splits its home games between Alumni Field of York University and Lamport Stadium in its inaugural 2019 MLR season. For the 2021 season, the Arrows temporarily relocated to Marietta, Georgia, to share Rugby ATL's facilities at Lupo Family Field due to the border crossing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team was founded as the Ontario Arrows in 2017 with the intent of joining the Major League Rugby (MLR) competition for the 2019 season. The Arrows debuted September 9, 2017, in a match against the Glendale Merlins losing 41–7.
In spring 2018, the Arrows played a six-game exhibition schedule against the Houston SaberCats, Rugby United New York, Utah Warriors, and Boston's Mystic River Rugby Club. The schedule was extended to include games against the Canada Selects. The Arrows' 2018 home opener was a decided victory over the Mystic River Rugby Club.
In July 2018, the Arrows announced that MLR had granted them exclusive rights to negotiate for a franchise in Ontario. In November 2018, MLR announced that the Arrows had joined the league for the 2019 season. At the same time, the Ontario Arrows changed their name to the Toronto Arrows. The ownership group is led by Bill Webb, partner and chief investment officer at Waypoint Investment Partners. The ownership group also includes the former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs Brian Burke, Boat Rocker Sports (a division of Boat Rocker Media), Duncan McNaughton, an assistant coach with the Canadian women's team and the Queen's University men, Kevin Reed of AR3 Capital, and John Ferraro of Mass Marketing Inc. As MLR operates as a single entity league, the ownership group purchased an equity stake in the league, at the cost of a few million dollars, and received operating rights to a franchise in the Toronto market. The team splits its 2019 home games between Alumni Field of York University and Lamport Stadium.
For 2019, home games were shown on GameTV. Lincoln Rose and Kit McConnico were the on-air talent.
For 2020, TSN was announced as the Arrows broadcast partner. Following the cancellation of the 2020 Major League Rugby season, TSN produced a 10-episode series, showing 60-minute highlights from chosen Arrows games, called "Arrows in an Hour."
|Season||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor||Other Shirt sponsor(s)|
|2018||XBlades||Waypoint Investment Partners||Blackshire Capital|
|2019||Honda Canada||Waypoint Investment Partners|
Players and personnel
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
- Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players are listed in bold.
- * denotes players qualified to play for Canada on dual nationality or residency grounds, and is designated as an MLR domestic player.
- MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten overseas players per match.
- Chris Silverthorn — Director of Rugby
- Aaron Carpenter — Coach
- Cory Hector — Coach
- Peter Smith — Coach
- Rob Howley — Coaching Consultant
- Dave Butcher — Specialist Coach
- Mark Winokur — Chief Operating Officer and General Manager
- Rodin Lozada — Performance Analyst
- Sean Harrison — Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Perry Fan — Athletic Therapist
- Scott Shannon — Athletic Therapist
|2019||3rd||16||11||0||5||472||362||+110||13||57||Lost semi-final 17–30 to Seattle Seawolves|
|Playoff Totals||1 Appearances||1||0||0||1||17||30||-13||NA||NA||0 championships|
- Team has temporarily relocated for the 2021 season.
- 2020 regular season shortened and playoffs cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2018 season (exhibition)
All games in the 2018 season were exhibition games and did not count in the league standings.
|March 3||Houston SaberCats||Away||Constellation Field||Draw, 28–28|
|March 17||Rugby United New York||Away||Mazzella Field||Lost, 19–36|
|April 6||Utah Warriors||Away||Rio Tinto Stadium||Won, 24–20|
|April 14||Rugby United New York||Home||York Alumni Stadium||Cancelled due to weather|
|April 21||Mystic River Rugby Club||Away||Pine Banks Park||Won, 29–19|
|May 5||Mystic River Rugby Club||Home||York Alumni Stadium||Won, 77–8|
|May 18||Canada Selects||Home||York Lions Stadium||Lost, 0–19|
|May 26||Canada Selects||Away||Westhills Stadium||Lost, 28–58|
|September 16, 2018||Glendale Raptors||Home||York Lions Stadium||Won, 40–18|
|October 20, 2018||New England Free Jacks||Home||Wanderers Grounds||Won, 40–14|
|January 12, 2019||Rugby United New York||Neutral||Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse||Postponed|
|May 18, 2019||New England Free Jacks||Away||Brophy Field at Dartmouth's
Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse
|January 26||New Orleans Gold||Away||Eagle Athletic Facility||Lost, 31-36|
|February 8||Austin Elite||Away||Dell Diamond||Won, 23-19|
|February 17||Seattle Seawolves||Away||Starfire Stadium||Lost, 30-35|
|February 22||Houston SaberCats||Away||Aveva Stadium||Won, 44-27|
|March 2||Glendale Raptors||Away||Infinity Park||Lost, 0-22|
|March 10||San Diego Legion||Away||Torero Stadium||Won, 27-20|
|March 15||Rugby United New York||Away||MCU Park||Lost, 21-24|
|March 30||Utah Warriors||Away||Zions Bank Stadium||Won, 64–31|
|April 7||New Orleans Gold||Home||Alumni Field||Lost, 31–35|
|April 21||Houston SaberCats||Home||Alumni Field||Won, 35-21|
|April 28||Seattle Seawolves||Home||Alumni Field||Won, 29-7|
|May 5||San Diego Legion||Home||Lamport Stadium||Won, 23–19|
|May 9||Austin Elite||Home||Alumni Field||Won, 24–13|
|May 12||Utah Warriors||Home||Lamport Stadium||Won, 28–21|
|May 26||Glendale Raptors||Home||Lamport Stadium||Won, 40–12|
|June 2||Rugby United New York||Home||Lamport Stadium||Won, 22-20|
|June 9||Seattle Seawolves||Away||Starfire Sports||Loss, 17-30|
On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 19, 2020, MLR announced that they had cancelled the season and all remaining games for 2020.
|February 9||Austin Gilgronis||Away||Circuit of the Americas||Won, 38-10|
|February 16||Houston SaberCats||Neutral||Sam Boyd Stadium||Won, 27-22|
|February 22||Seattle Seawolves||Away||Starfire Sports Complex||Won, 39-17|
|March 1||Rugby ATL||Away||Life University Running Eagles Stadium||Won, 28-18|
|March 6||Colorado Raptors||Away||Infinity Park||Lost, 19-22|
|March 22||Rugby United New York||Away||MCU Park||Cancelled|
|March 28||New Orleans Gold||Away||Gold Mine|
|April 4||Utah Warriors||Home||York Alumni Stadium|
|April 11||New England Free Jacks||Home||York Alumni Stadium|
|April 19||Rugby ATL||Home||Lamport Stadium|
|April 26||Old Glory DC||Away||Cardinal Stadium|
|May 1||New Orleans Gold||Home||Lamport Stadium|
|May 10||San Diego Legion||Home||Lamport Stadium|
|May 18||New England Free Jacks||Away||Union Point Sports Complex|
|May 22||Rugby United New York||Home||Lamport Stadium|
|May 30||Old Glory DC||Home||Lamport Stadium|
|Match 20||Rugby ATL||Away||Lost, 14-21|
|Match 27||Utah Warriors||Away||Lost, 24-39|
|April 3||Old Glory DC||Away||Won, 40-19|
|April 10||LA Giltinis||Home||Lost, 16-43|
|April 17||Seattle Seawolves||Home|
|April 25||Rugby United New York||Away|
|May 2||New Orleans Gold||Away|
|May 9||Rugby ATL||Home|
|May 15||Houston SaberCats||Away|
|May 29||New England Free Jacks||Away|
|June 6||San Diego Legion||Home|
|June 12||Austin Gilgronis||Away|
|June 20||New Orleans Gold||Home|
|June 27||Rugby United New York||Home|
|July 4||Old Glory DC||Home|
|July 17||New England Free Jacks||Home|
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