Mackenzie, 33, is putting a pause on his retirement plans to come back to his hometown club as the Arrows push for an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Arrow #36 initially announced his retirement from professional rugby last November, leaving the playing field and transitioning to a broadcasting role with the organization. However, after recovering from a long-term hip injury that kept him out of the entire 2021 Major League Rugby season, Mackenzie has agreed to temporarily step out of the broadcaster’s booth and return to the senior team to assist the club following a spate of injuries at the #9 position.
Mackenzie made 10 appearances (six starts) over his three years with the Arrows. He opened his MLR career by helping Toronto secure a postseason berth, featuring in eight matches throughout the Arrows’ inaugural season in 2019. After appearing in two games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he was unable to feature in 2021 due to injury.
The scrum-half’s MLR totals include 104 carry metres on 26 carries, 47 tackles (87% completion), 38 kicks in play (900 kicking metres), eight offloads, one breakdown steal, and one try.
Mackenzie has earned 21 caps for Canada, including representing the red and white at three Rugby World Cups (2011, 2015, 2019). He also suited up for Canada at the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship in Wales.
The half-back is a graduate the University of Victoria Vikes post-secondary program, and has been playing his post-professional rugby with Balmy Beach.
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