Toronto Arrows Announce Four Additional Returnees, Signing of Montero
4 August 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Arrows are pleased to announce a fifth group of significant signings ahead of the 2021 Major League Rugby season.
The club is excited to confirm that Andrew Ferguson, Andrew Quattrin, Lucas Rumball, and Shawn Windsor have recommitted for the 2021 season, and that the four returnees will be joined by Argentinian international wing Manuel Montero.
Scrum-half | Mississauga, Ontario
Ferguson featured in all five matches in the shortened 2020 campaign, and has made 21 appearances – getting minutes in all but one match in franchise history – over his two seasons with the club. The quick-thinking back has made 57 carries, 371 carry metres, 80 tackles (86% completion), 11 offloads, six tackle breaks and five linebreaks throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons, along with scoring six tries and kicking for two conversions.
The 28-year-old scrum-half has collected 10 caps for Canada since making his international debut against the United States in February 2016. He also represented the Canada under-20s in both 2011 (as an under-ager) and 2012.
Ferguson is a graduate of the Ontario Blues senior men’s provincial program and the McMaster Marauders post-secondary program, and played his grassroots rugby with the Oakville Crusaders.
Wing | Adrogue, Argentina
Armed with ample pace and power, the 6’4”, 240-pound wing joins the club after assembling an impressive professional and international career resume to date. Following selection for the Argentina under-20s in 2010, Montero made his full debut for Los Pumas in 2012, going on to earn 27 caps (22 starts) and score 16 tries throughout the decade. The speedy Argentine has also spent time with his nation’s sevens program, featuring in three World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments in the 2011-2012 season.
A member of the original Jaguares, Montero made seven appearances for Argentina’s Super Rugby side. La Pantera also appeared in 45 URBA Top 14 / Top 12 matches over multiple spells with Pucara between 2010 and 2019, scoring 29 tries over the decade. The 28-year-old most recently plied his trade with Paraguay’s Olimpia Lions in the Super Liga Americana, featuring in one match before the South American league was cut short due to the pandemic.
Montero is the fourth Argentine to sign with the club for the 2021 season, joining countrymen Tomas de la Vega, Gaston Cortes, and Juan Cruz Gonzalez.
Hooker | Holland Landing, Ontario
Quattrin featured in all five matches in the shortened 2020 campaign, and has made 20 appearances over his two seasons with the club. The durable forward has made 116 carries, 561 carry metres, 177 tackles (90.8% completion), 11 dominant tackles, and two tackle breaks and linebreaks apiece throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons, along with adding a try.
The 23-year-old hooker has earned five caps for Canada since making his international debut against the United States in July 2019, including featuring at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where he was second-youngest player on Canada’s roster. He also represented the Canada under-20s in 2016.
Quattrin is a graduate of the Ontario Blues senior men’s provincial program and the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks post-secondary program, and played his grassroots rugby with the Aurora Barbarians.
Flanker | Scarborough, Ontario
Rumball featured in all five matches in the shortened 2020 campaign, and has made 11 appearances over his two seasons with the club. The powerful loose forward has developed a reputation as one of the top tacklers in North America’s top flight, making 163 tackles with a completion rate of 94.8%. A member of the club’s senior leadership group since joining the league, Rumball has also made 89 carries, run for 359 carry metres, completed nine offloads, and scored two tries over the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Internationally, the 25-year-old flanker has amassed 35 caps – including 32 starts – for Canada since making his international debut against Uruguay in February 2016, including featuring at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Rumball has captained Canada on six occasions, becoming the third-youngest player (22y 218d) to lead the nation into a match when Canada faced Russia in June 2018. He also represented the Canada under-20s in both 2014 (as an under-ager) and 2015.
Rumball is a graduate of the Ontario Blues senior men’s provincial program and the Queen’s Gaels post-secondary program, and played his grassroots rugby with Balmy Beach.
Fullback / Fly-half | Stoney Creek, Ontario
Windsor has made eight appearances, including six starts, over his two seasons with the club. The versatile back has made 34 carries, 188 carry metres, 31 tackles (81.6% completion), six offloads, four tackle breaks and a linebreak.
The 33-year-old will balance his playing duties with his role as head coach of the Brock Badgers post-secondary program; Windsor was promoted to the top post at the institution this past spring.
Windsor is a graduate of the Ontario Blues senior men’s provincial program and the McMaster Marauders post-secondary program, has featured for the Canada ‘A’ national development side, and played his grassroots rugby with the Stoney Creek Camels.
“We are very happy to have this group back and coming on board,” said Arrows Vice President and General Manager Mark Winokur. “Quattrin, Rumball, Ferguson and Windsor are all home-grown players who were the backbone of the Ontario Blues – Shawn is an original Blue, dating back to 2009 – and their re-signings are the best examples of how local talent feeds the engine of our professional side. They’re also a quality group of humans whose presence makes us a better team.”
“We’re also very excited to have Manuel Montero join us. We saw plenty of him scoring tries against Canada in international play over the years, and his size, speed and experience will help our attack and overall game.”
Toronto has now signed 26 players ahead of the club’s 2021 MLR campaign.
The club will be making additional signing announcements in the coming weeks as season preparations continue to build.
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