Toronto Arrows

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Toronto Arrows
Toronto Arrows logo.png
Full nameToronto Arrows
Nickname(s)Arrows
FoundedOntario Arrows
2017–2018
Toronto Arrows
2018–present[1]
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Marietta, Georgia, United States[a]
Ground(s)Alumni Field
Lamport Stadium
Lupo Family Field
PresidentBill Webb
Coach(es)Chris Silverthorn
Captain(s)Ben LeSage
Lucas Rumball
Top scorerSam Malcolm (212)
Most triesDan Moor (11)
League(s)Major League Rugby
20193rd placed (regular season)
Official website
torontoarrows.com
Rugby football current event.svg Current season

Toronto Arrows R.F.C. is a rugby union club based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that plays in Major League Rugby.[2] 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.[3] The team splits its home games between Alumni Field of York University and Lamport Stadium in its inaugural 2019 MLR season.[4] 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.[5]

History[edit]

Historical Ontario Arrows logo 2017–2018.

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.[6][7][8][9] The Arrows debuted September 9, 2017, in a match against the Glendale Merlins losing 41–7.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[14][15] The team splits its 2019 home games between Alumni Field of York University and Lamport Stadium.[4]

Broadcasts[edit]

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.[16] 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."[17]

Sponsorship[edit]

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Other Shirt sponsor(s)
2018 XBlades Waypoint Investment Partners Blackshire Capital
Dineen Coffee
360centre360
2019 Honda Canada Waypoint Investment Partners
2020–present Paladin Sports

Players and personnel[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The Toronto Arrows squad for the 2021 Major League Rugby season is:[18]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Jack McRogers Hooker Canada Canada
Andrew Quattrin Hooker Canada Canada
Chris Atkinson Prop Canada Canada
Rob Brouwer Prop Canada Canada
Gaston Cortes Prop Argentina Argentina
Cole Keith Prop Canada Canada
Pat Lynott Prop Canada Canada
Marc-Antoine Ouellet Prop Canada Canada
Tyler Rowland Prop Canada Canada
Paul Ciulini Lock Canada Canada
Kolby Francis Lock Canada Canada
Mike Sheppard Lock Canada Canada
Adrian Wadden Lock Canada Canada
Tomás de la Vega Flanker Argentina Argentina
Mason Flesch Flanker Canada Canada
Lucas Rumball (cc) Flanker Canada Canada
Marcello Wainwright Flanker Canada Canada
Manuel Diana Number 8 Uruguay Uruguay
Siaki Vikilani Number 8 Canada Canada
Player Position Union
Ross Braude* Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Andrew Ferguson Scrum-half Canada Canada
Jason Higgins* Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Jamie Mackenzie Scrum-half Canada Canada
Tayler Adams Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Will Kelly Fly-half Canada Canada
Shawn Windsor Fly-half Canada Canada
Giuseppe du Toit Centre Canada Canada
Kobe Faust Centre Canada Canada
Spencer Jones Centre Canada Canada
Ben LeSage (cc) Centre Canada Canada
Mitch Richardson Centre Canada Canada
Leandro Leivas Wing Uruguay Uruguay
Gastón Mieres Wing Uruguay Uruguay
Manuel Montero Wing Argentina Argentina
Johnny Sheridan Wing Canada Canada
Juan Cruz González Fullback Argentina Argentina
Pat Parfrey Fullback Canada Canada
Joaquín Tuculet Fullback Argentina Argentina
  • 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.

Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Chris Silverthorn — Director of Rugby
  • Aaron Carpenter — Coach
  • Cory Hector — Coach
  • Peter Smith — Coach
  • Rob Howley — Coaching Consultant
  • Dave Butcher — Specialist Coach

Staff[edit]

  • 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

Records[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2019 3rd 16 11 0 5 472 362 +110 13 57   Lost semi-final 17–30 to Seattle Seawolves
2020[b] 2nd 5 4 0 1 151 89 +62 3 19   Cancelled[b]
Total 2 seasons 21 15 0 6 623 451 +172 16 76
Playoff Totals 1 Appearances 1 0 0 1 17 30 -13 NA NA 0 championships

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Team has temporarily relocated for the 2021 season.
  2. ^ a b 2020 regular season shortened and playoffs cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honors[edit]

2018 season (exhibition)[edit]

All games in the 2018 season were exhibition games and did not count in the league standings.

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
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

2019 season[edit]

Exhibition[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
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
Postponed

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
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

Post season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
June 9 Seattle Seawolves Away Starfire Sports Loss, 17-30

2020 season[edit]

On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[19] On March 19, 2020, MLR announced that they had cancelled the season and all remaining games for 2020.[20]

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
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

2021 season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLR Announces Additions of Toronto and Washington, D.C." usmlr.com. Major League Rugby. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Major League Rugby adds Ontario Arrows for 2019". Americas Rugby News. September 25, 2018. Archived from the original on September 25, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ontario Arrows: The Rise of Canada's Next-Gen High Performance Team". Aedelhard. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Toronto Arrows Announce Ticketing Details, Home Venues for 2019 Major League Rugby Season". Toronto Arrows. January 17, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Toronto Arrows Club to Establish Temporary Home in Atlanta". OurSports Central. February 3, 2021.
  6. ^ "New York and Ontario in Major League Rugby talks". November 13, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ontario Arrows to launch Elite Rugby Team in September". August 25, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Davidson, Neil (September 8, 2017). "Ontario Arrows take first step toward becoming pro rugby outfit". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "MLR reveals Finals Locations and Expansion Plans". March 7, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Glendale gets even with Ontario - Americas Rugby News". www.americasrugbynews.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ontario Arrows score 12 tries in 77-8 win over Boston Mystics". djcoilrugby. May 5, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "RELEASE: Ontario Arrows Planning Major League Rugby Entry for 2019". Ontario Arrows. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ a b "Toronto Arrows will join Major League Rugby". Toronto Star. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  15. ^ CAMPBELL, MORGAN (December 11, 2018). "Expansion Toronto Arrows join Major League Rugby with optimism and business savvy". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  16. ^ "Toronto Arrows Announce TSN as 2020 Media Partner". Toronto Arrows. February 20, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  17. ^ "Toronto Arrows Media Partner TSN to Deliver New 'Arrows in an Hour' Series". Toronto Arrows. May 28, 2020. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  18. ^ "Toronto Arrows". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  19. ^ "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SUSPENDS 2020 SEASON FOR 30 DAYS". Major League Rugby. March 12, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  20. ^ "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY HAS DECIDED TO CANCEL THE REMAINDER OF THE 2020 SEASON AND TURN ATTENTION TO 2021". Major League Rugby. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.

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