14 March 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO, ON – Toronto Arrows Director of Rugby Chris Silverthorn has named his starting lineup for Friday’s away match against Rugby United New York.
Silverthorn has made two changes to his starting squad that mounted a memorable comeback victory over the San Diego Legion last Sunday. Toronto will see the return of two of its international players following the conclusion of the Americas Rugby Championship, with flanker Lucas Rumball and wing Gaston Mieres both slotting into the starting lineup. Rumball returns to the Arrows after seven weeks with the Canadian national team, while Mieres reenters the lineup after a two-week spell with Uruguay’s national program.
“With the momentum generated from last week’s win in San Diego and welcoming back our international players, the past few days have been really upbeat around our squad,” said Silverthorn. “We’re excited to have Lucas and Gaston right back in our lineup, and because of the strength of our squad depth, we have an opportunity to rest up a few of our other internationals ahead of our bye week. Many of the returning guys have been on the road for seven or eight straight weeks, and we want to give them a bit of an opportunity to get reintegrated before we start our big homestand.”
Silverthorn has also announced that Dan Moor has been appointed co-captain for the club, with the winger set to share captaincy duties with Rumball for the remainder of the 2019 season.
“Dan has served as interim captain over the past five matches, and has done an exemplary job leading our team and exuding our club’s culture both on and off the pitch,” added Silverthorn. “Lucas has been a teammate of Dan’s for many years at the club, provincial, and national levels, and fully supports the decision to share duties. The two play with incredible passion and professionalism, and will continue to set the tone for their forward and back groups.”
The Arrows (3-3-0) enter the match on just four days’ rest following their come-from-behind win over San Diego (27-20) on Mar. 10, and sit sixth in the league standings with 16 points.
New York (4-1-0) head into Friday’s game on a two-match winning streak, scored 82 points across the two matches. RUNY currently occupy fifth spot in the league table with 18 points.
“New York have flown out of the gate, and certainly aren’t playing like a typical expansion side,” said Silverthorn. “We know that the atmosphere will be great for their home opener, and we’re hoping this will be the start of a great east coast rivalry between our two clubs. Friday will be a big test for us.”
- Malcolm is ranked second in the league in points scored (58) and fifth in the league in goal kicking accuracy (80%)
- Ciulini is ranked sixth in the league in made tackles (77)
- Moor is ranked 14th in the league in ball carry metres (343)
- Milazzo leads the league in lineout takes (27) and lineout steals (4)
- Toronto is ranked fourth in the league in total tries scored (19) and total points scored (155)
- Eight squad members are full Canadian internationals: Brouwer (9 caps), Ciulini (8 caps), Dolezel (16 caps), du Toit (13), Ferguson (10 caps), Moor (14 caps), Rumball (29 caps), Sheppard (5 caps)
- One squad member is a full Uruguayan international: Mieres (66 caps)
- Eleven players selected to the starting 15 are Canadian; exceptions are Malcolm (New Zealand), Mieres (Uruguay), Mitchell (New Zealand), and Nay (England)
- Average squad age is 25 years old
Friday’s game is the seventh 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 7 p.m. EDT from MCU Park in Brooklyn. It can be watched live on GameTV, streamed live through the Arrows’ Facebook page, and enjoyed amongst Arrows fans at the club’s official watch party held at Toronto’s Irish Embassy Pub & Grill.
Toronto Arrows Lineup vs. Rugby United New York
1. Rob Brouwer
2. Andrew Quattrin
3. Morgan Mitchell
4. Mike Sheppard
5. Paul Ciulini
6. Lucas Rumball (C)
7. Peter Milazzo
8. Jack Nay
9. Andrew Ferguson
10. Sam Malcolm
11. Dan Moor (C)
12. Guiseppe du Toit
13. Spencer Jones
14. Gaston Mieres
15. Shawn Windsor
16. Steven Ng
17. Tom Dolezel
18. Cole Keith
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
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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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