MLR Expansion Draft: Toronto Arrows
MLR Expansion Draft: Toronto Arrows
The Toronto Arrows had a 4-1 record, which had them in second place int he MLR standings while playing all matches on the road.
The Arrows will not participate in but support the MLR Collegiate Draft. They are part of the Expansion Draft. Their team's goals are clearly stated by Arrows Vice-President and General Manager Mark Winokur.
Editor's Note: Our list of unprotected players is our list alone—not an official team list of unprotected players but our speculation based on what we know.
“Our organization was founded on an overarching strategic goal — one that’s shared by the entire Arrows ownership group and staff — to improve the caliber of our Canadian men’s national teams. At the highest level, we want our growth to lead to more reps, better preparation, better performance, and more competition for our national team athletes.”
The majority of the Arrows players are from Canada with three Uruguay internationals, three players from New Zealand, and one from Argentina.
The team had 36 players on their roster with an age range of 21-37. Eight players were 30-37 (Rob Brouwer 37, Shawn Windsor 33, Leandro Leivas, Jamie Mackenzie, Mike Sheppard 31, Gaston Mieres, Tom Van Horne, Josh Van Horne 30). Twenty-one players were 21-25 (Tayler Adams 25, Paul Ciulini, Guiseppe du Toit, Ben LaSage, Sam Malcolm, Peter Milazzo, Riley DiNardo 24, Andrew Quattrin, Richie Asiata, Kolby Francis, Manuel Diana, Cole Keith, Mitch Richardson, Spencer Jones, Marcelo Wainwright 23, Steve Ng, Will Kelly, Dylan Young 22, jack McRogers, Tyler Rowland 21). The remaining seven players are 26-29.
In the front row, Kiwi Richie Asiata started in all matches with one start at tighthead. Pat Lynott was the primary reserve at loosehead with Canadian international Rob Brouwer starting once at loosehead and playing in another match as a reserve. Canadian international Cole Keith started four matches at tighthead with Tyler Rowland being a reserve in three matches. Tighthead prop Mike Smith did not play. Rounding out the front row is Andrew Quattrin, who has two Canadian caps at hooker. His primary reserve was Steven Ng, who also had a spot start. Former Canadian U20s hooker Jack McRogers is on an Associate contract and did not play.
The locks saw Canadian international Paul Ciulini starting in all matches and he was paired with both Kolby Francis and Canadian international Mike Sheppard, who was limited to two starts to open the season. Twins Tom Van Horne and Josh Van Horne played in two and one matches as reserves, respectively.
The back row had Argentina international Tomas de la Vega starting at blindside in all matches. He was a key new addition to the team in 2020. Canadian international Lucas Rumballstarted in four matches at the openside flanker with the other match as a reserve. Peter Milazzo gained a spot start and was the primary reserve. Injuries to Marcello Wainwright did not have him playing during the regular season. Uruguay international Manuel Diana started all matches at No.8 and was an excellent team addition.
Canadian internationals Andrew Ferguson played in five matches at scrumhalf, three as a starter after Jamie Mackenzie started the first two matches. Riley DiNardo also played in three matches as a reserve. Dylan Young, who is on an Associate contract, did not play during the season. Kiwi Taylor Adams started at flyhalf and was a key addition, with Will Kelly playing in two matches as a reserve. Shawn Windsor did not play during the season.
The starting centers were Guiseppe du Toit at #12 and Ben LaSage at #13. They started all matches with Mitch Richardson being a reserve in four matches. Spencer Jones was injured and did not play during the regular season.
In the back three, Canadian international Dan Moor started four matches on the right-wing. Uruguay international wings Leandro Leivas played in all five matches, starting three, while Gaston Mieres played in four matches, starting three. Johnny Sheridan played in two matches, with one a spot start. Kiwi Sam Malcolm was the starting fullback for all matches. Canadian international Patrick Parfrey was not expected to be available until later in the season due to Ph.D. obligations in Newfoundland and did not play.
The Arrows will continue to utilize the Ontario Blues as a development pathway to playing professionally for the team. They have one of the most cohesive teams in the league.
Both Jack McRogers and Dylan Young are both on Associate contracts and they are not included in the Expansion draft. That leaves four likely players on our list. Rob Brouwer and Shawn Windsor both are coaching rugby in Canada. Pat Parfrey has employment and educational ties to Newfoundland. That leaves Mike Smith, who is an engineer. The Arrows will not likely be impacted by the MLR expansion draft.