The Toronto Arrows are set to fold and withdraw from Major League Rugby, after failing to find a new owner. Reports from North American outlet The Province, states that the only Canadian side in the league will “cease operations immediately.”
Major League Rugby confirmed the devastating news, stating stating the MLR; “Explored all avenues in an effort to maintain the club’s presence in the league. Unfortunately, after exhausting all options, Toronto was left with no choice but to voluntarily withdraw from the league.”Embed
Thankfully, the Toronto Arrows players will soon find new homes. Clubs have previously folded in the MLR, as the Colorado Raptors, Austin Gilgronis, and LA Giltinis have all ceased operations. The league has a saftey net for the players, with all the contracts held centrally be the league. The players will be redistributed across the MLR to their new clubs, via a ‘dispersal draft’.
MLR CEO Nic Benson is hopeful for the MLR to return to Canada in the foreseeable future. Speaking to The Province, Benson said;
“While this news is unfortunate, and we feel for all individuals associated with the Arrows organization, the health of MLR remains strong and we look forward to exploring options to bring a team back to Canada in the future,” he said.
This comes as devastating news for rugby in Canada, as it sees their only professional side collapse. Canada failed to reach the 2023 Rugby World Cup, after losing out in the Americas qualifying stages to Chile and Uruguay (Argen
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