Ontario Arrows Announce Staff for 2018 Season

11 January, 2018


The Ontario Arrows have announced their staff for the 2018 season, which will see Canada’s first privately-funded high-performance rugby team play a minimum of six games against current and future Major League Rugby teams in the March-May window.

The Arrows staff features several individuals with national, international and professional rugby experience, highlighted by the appointment of the winningest head coach in Canadian Rugby Championship history in Chris Silverthorn, as well as 2016 and 2017 Ontario University Athletics men’s rugby championship team head coaches Cory Hector and David Butcher.

The Arrows coaching staff is rounded out by the appointment of Aaron Carpenter, the most-capped player in Canadian rugby history, who returns to Ontario following a decade-long professional career overseas.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of so many successful rugby minds to help push our program forward,” said Arrows GM Mark Winokur. “The idea this season is to drive a united purpose and work with our players to develop a program that Ontario and Canada can be proud of. We have the right individuals in place, and we’re very excited to kick off our inaugural season in a couple of months.”

The Arrows will open their season in Houston against the MLR Sabercats on Mar. 3, 2018.

Additional player, venue and media announcements will be made in the coming weeks.



Head Coach: Chris Silverthorn
Assistant Coach / Academy Head Coach: Cory Hector
Assistant Coach / Academy Defence Coach: David Butcher
Assistant Coach / Academy Forwards Coach: Aaron Carpenter
General Manager: Mark Winokur
Video Analyst: Rodin Lozada
Video Analyst (Academy): Tom McLeod
Athletic Therapist: Chris Kelly
Team Doctor: Dr. John Gillis
Strength & Conditioning Coaches: Sean Harrison, Jeff Watson // Elite Training Systems
Communications Manager: Brock Smith
Logistics Support Manager: Bram Cotton

About Ontario Arrows Rugby Club:

The Ontario Arrows Rugby Club is Canada’s first privately-funded high-performance rugby team.

The team is equipped to compete against top-tier North American club teams, providing emerging Canadian talent with enhanced and more frequent opportunities to hone their skills at an elite level.

Ontario Arrows Spring 2018 Schedule


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