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
Ground(s)Alumni Field
Lamport Stadium
PresidentBill Webb
Coach(es)Chris Silverthorn
Captain(s)Dan Moor, Lucas Rumball
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, Canada, that plays in Major League Rugby.[2] The Arrows team is an independent off-shoot of the Ontario Blues Rugby Football Club 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 for its inaugural 2019 MLR season.[4]

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.[5][6][7][8] The Arrows debuted September 9, 2017, in a match against the Glendale Merlins losing 41–7.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[13][14] The team splits its 2019 home games between Alumni Field of York University and Lamport Stadium.[4]

Broadcasts[edit]

2019 home games were shown on GameTV. Lincoln Rose and Kit McConnico were the on air talent.

Sponsorship[edit]

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018 XBlades Waypoint Investment Partners
2019-present Honda

Players and personnel[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been reported for Toronto for the 2020 season:[15][16]

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
Steven Ng Hooker Canada Canada
Andrew Quattrin Hooker Canada Canada
Cole Keith Prop Canada Canada
Richie Asiata Prop Australia Australia
Mike Smith Prop Canada Canada
Paul Ciulini Lock Canada Canada
Josh Van Horne Lock Canada Canada
Tom Van Horne Lock Canada Canada
Peter Milazzo Flanker Canada Canada
Lucas Rumball (C) Flanker Canada Canada
Marcello Wainwright Flanker Canada Canada
Tomas de la Vega Flanker Argentina Argentina
Manuel Diana Number 8 Uruguay Uruguay
Player Position Union
Andrew Ferguson Scrum-half Canada Canada
Tayler Adams Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Will Kelly Fly-half Canada Canada
Guiseppe du Toit Centre Canada Canada
Spencer Jones Centre Canada Canada
Mitch Richardson Centre Canada Canada
Leandro Leivas Wing Uruguay Uruguay
Gastón Mieres Fullback Uruguay Uruguay
  • Internationally capped players in bold.

Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Chris Silverthorn — Director of Rugby
  • Aaron Carpenter — Coach
  • Cory Hector — Coach
  • Peter Smith — Coach

Staff[edit]

  • Mark Winokur — Vice President and General Manager
  • Rodin Lozada — Performance Analyst
  • Sean Harrison — Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Jeff Watson — Strength and Conditioning Coach

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


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

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. 2018-09-25. Archived from the original on 2019-09-25. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  3. ^ "Ontario Arrows: The Rise of Canada's Next-Gen High Performance Team". Aedelhard. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  4. ^ a b "Toronto Arrows Announce Ticketing Details, Home Venues for 2019 Major League Rugby Season". Toronto Arrows. 2019-01-17. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  5. ^ "New York and Ontario in Major League Rugby talks". 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  6. ^ "Ontario Arrows to launch Elite Rugby Team in September". 2017-08-25. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  7. ^ Davidson, Neil (2017-09-08). "Ontario Arrows take first step toward becoming pro rugby outfit". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  8. ^ "MLR reveals Finals Locations and Expansion Plans". 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  9. ^ "Glendale gets even with Ontario - Americas Rugby News". www.americasrugbynews.com. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  10. ^ "Ontario Arrows score 12 tries in 77-8 win over Boston Mystics". djcoilrugby. 2018-05-05. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  11. ^ "RELEASE: Ontario Arrows Planning Major League Rugby Entry for 2019". Ontario Arrows. 2018-07-16. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ a b "Toronto Arrows will join Major League Rugby". Toronto Star. 2018-11-02. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  14. ^ CAMPBELL, MORGAN (2018-12-11). "Expansion Toronto Arrows join Major League Rugby with optimism and business savvy". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  15. ^ "Arrows re-sign 10 and add South American duo". August 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "Arrows re-sign six, add international trio". August 30, 2019.

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