TORONTO – The Toronto Arrows play at home for the first time since June 2019, when the Major League Rugby team hosts Atlantic Select’s all-star side on October 16 at York Lions Stadium.
Arrows played the entire MLR season 2021 out of Mariette, Ga., And shared facilities with Rugby ATL due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. The 2020 season was shortened after five games, all en route to the Arrows.
Their last game in Toronto was on June 2, 2019, when Sam Malcolm’s 77th minute goal scored gave the Arrows a 22-20 victory over Rugby United New York at Lamport Stadium, closing out a playoff spot in the club’s opening season.
Toronto have played 22 straight away games since.
Atlantic Selects has top players from Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec.
“We could not wait until 2022 to play at home again,” Arrows President Bill Webb said in a statement. “I think everyone agrees that we have waited long enough.
“We gather around our fans for their patience and loyalty, but in return, this match will also be an opportunity for our fans to gather around our team and build momentum as we enter the 2022 season.”
The Arrows will be missing some of the best talent for the showdown, with 21st-ranked Canada set to play No. 28 Chile on October 2 and 9 in a two-legged World Cup qualifier. Twelve members of the Arrows were named in the Kingsley Jones squad for the most recent qualifying series, won 59-50 overall by the 16th-ranked US Eagles
All fans must present proof of full vaccination upon entry to the exhibition match in October. Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test is not accepted for admission, except those with a verified medical exemption.
The Arrows recently announced the first of their 2022 acquisitions, with defenders Guiseppe du Toit, Will Kelly and Malcolm and strikers Ronan Foley, Cole Keith, Jack McRogers, Ollie Nott, Marc-Antoine Ouellet and Andrew Quattrin all returning.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 16, 2021.
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