9 March 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO, ON – Toronto Arrows Director of Rugby Chris Silverthorn has named his starting lineup for Sunday’s away match against the San Diego Legion.
Silverthorn has made two changes to his starting squad that fell to the Glendale Raptors in sub-zero conditions last Saturday. Inside centre Guiseppe du Toit has returned to Toronto’s squad following a spell with the Canadian national team at the Americas Rugby Championship, while Saracens (Premiership Rugby) loanee Jack Nay will make his Arrows debut at the No. 8 position.
“Last week’s match in the snow left a bitter taste in our mouths, and we’re hungry to get back into the win column,” said Silverthorn. “After each loss this season, our guys have shown strong resolve to respond with a win, and we’ll be looking for a similar outcome tomorrow night. That bounce-back attitude has fuelled some great training sessions this week.”
The Arrows (2-3-0) enter the match following a defeat to Glendale (22-0) on Mar. 2, and sit sixth in the league standings with 12 points.
San Diego (4-1-0) head into Sunday’s game on a four-match winning streak, dispatching Seattle, Houston, Utah, and Austin in succession after suffering an opening weekend loss against New York. The Legion currently occupy second spot in the league table with 18 points.
“San Diego is in great form right now and will be a very tough test,” added Silverthorn. “We know it’ll take a comprehensive team effort for us to leave California with a win, but we’re up to the task. All our players are eager to get back out there and perform at the level we know we’re capable of performing.”
- Nay will make his MLR debut
- Francis, Moor, and Oitomen are ranked second in the league in tries scored (3)
- Malcolm is ranked third in the league in points scored (46) and sixth in the league in goal kicking accuracy (76%)
- Milazzo is ranked sixth in the league in made tackles (68)
- Moor is ranked 20th in the league in running metres (261)
- Toronto is ranked fourth in the league in total tries scored (16)
- Seven squad members are full Canadian internationals: Brouwer (9 caps), Ciulini (8 caps), Dolezel (16 caps), du Toit (13), Ferguson (10 caps), Moor (14 caps), Sheppard (5 caps)
- Twelve players selected to the starting 15 are Canadian; exceptions are Malcolm (New Zealand), Mitchell (New Zealand), and Nay (England)
- Average squad age is 25 years old
Sunday’s game is the sixth of eight consecutive away matches for Canada’s first professional rugby union team. Toronto’s extended road trip will be followed by eight consecutive home matches between April 7 and June 2 to close out the club’s regular season.
The match kicks off at 10:30 p.m. EDT from Torero Stadium in San Diego. Selected as MLR’s Game of the Week, it can be watched live on CBS Sports Network and streamed live to Canadian and international audiences through the Arrows’ Facebook page.
Toronto Arrows Lineup vs. San Diego Legion
1. Rob Brouwer
2. Andrew Quattrin
3. Morgan Mitchell
4. Mike Sheppard
5. Paul Ciulini
6. Peter Milazzo
7. Marcello Wainwright
8. Jack Nay
9. Andrew Ferguson
10. Sam Malcolm
11. Dan Moor (C)
12. Guiseppe du Toit
13. Spencer Jones
14. Avery Oitomen
15. Shawn Windsor
16. Steven Ng
17. Pat Lynott
18. Tom Dolezel
19. Tom Van Horne
20. Kolby Francis
21. Riley Di Nardo
22. Jamie Leveridge
23. John Sheridan
Vice President & General Manager: Mark Winokur
Director of Rugby: Chris Silverthorn
Coaches: Aaron Carpenter, Cory Hector, Peter Smith
Performance Analyst: Rodin Lozada
Team Physicians: Dr. Anthony Dixon, Dr. Chris Gallimore, Dr. John Gillis
Athletic Therapist: Perry Fan
About Toronto Arrows Rugby Club:
The Toronto Arrows Rugby Club is Canada’s first professional rugby union team.
Competing in Major League Rugby, 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.
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