Toronto Arrows Announce Return Of Flesch, Rowland, Signing Of Salmon
TORONTO, ON - The Toronto Arrows are pleased to announce a sixth group of significant signings ahead of the 2022 Major League Rugby season.
The club is excited to confirm that Mason Flesch and Tyler Rowland are returning for the upcoming campaign, and that the Canadian international forwards will be joined by New Zealand prop Isaac Salmon.
Utility Forward | Cobourg, Ontario
Flesch, 22, is back for a second campaign with the club after making 10 appearances (seven starts) in his debut season in MLR.
Comfortable playing across the second and back rows, the 6'4", 235lb utility forward produced 145 carry metres on 20 carries, 54 tackles (83.1% completion), 96 ruck arrivals, 15 lineout takes, two lineout steals, two offloads, two tackle breaks, one breakdown steal and one linebreak in his first season with the club.
Flesch has earned two caps for Canada since making his international debut against the United States in September 2021. He also represented Canada at the 2019 World Rugby Under-20 Trophy qualifier series.
The forward is a graduate of the Ontario Blues junior men's provincial program and Rugby Canada's Pacific Pride national development academy program, and played his grassroots rugby with the Cobourg Saxons (Ontario) and James Bay (British Columbia).
Prop | Mississauga, Ontario
Rowland, 22, is returning for a third campaign with the Arrows after making 15 appearances (seven starts) since debuting in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
The 6'2", 255lb tighthead prop's career totals include 132 carry metres on 27 carries, 62 tackles (91.2% completion), three tackle breaks, one breakdown steal and one try.
Rowland has accrued six caps for Canada since making his international debut against Wales in July 2021. He also represented Canada at the 2018 World Rugby Under-20 Trophy (as an under-ager) and again throughout the 2019 World Rugby Under-20 Trophy qualifier series.
The forward is a graduate of the Ontario Blues junior men's provincial program and Rugby Canada's Pacific Pride national development academy program, and played his grassroots rugby with the Toronto Nomads (Ontario) and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (British Columbia).
Prop | Christchurch, New Zealand
Salmon, 25, joins the Arrows from New Zealand National Provincial Championship side Tasman Mako, where the prop made 35 appearances over five seasons for the Nelson-based club.
The 5'11â³, 255lb tighthead prop first joined the Mako in 2017, picking up six caps as a mid-season injury replacement in his debut campaign. He signed a contract with Super Rugby's Blues in 2018, but injury prevented him taking the field in the southern hemisphere's top competition.
After returning to make four appearances for the provincial side in 2018, Salmon proceeded to help guide Tasman to three consecutive NPC Premiership Final berths between 2019 and 2021. The forward played 11 matches in 2019 and a further nine games in 2020 for the back-to-back Premiership champions, and featured in an additional six games this past year in a season that saw the Mako finish as Premiership runners-up.
"Mason and Tyler made great progress as young professionals in 2021, and their strong play was recognized and rewarded with deserved international call-ups," said Mark Winokur, Toronto Arrows Chief Operating Officer and General Manager. "Both players are young, hungry, and have a strong work ethic when it comes to improving and refining their game. At only 22, we're very excited to see them continue to develop, and we expect both Canadian internationals to be a big part of our plans for the upcoming year."
"Isaac has been a constant presence for the National Provincial Championship's most successful program in recent years, and brings a hard-nosed, physical style of play to our pack. With his strong two-way approach and championship experience gained with Tasman, we look forward to watching the immediate impact he will have on our team."
The Arrows have now signed 23 players ahead of the club's 2022 MLR campaign.
The club will be making additional signing announcements in the coming weeks as 2022 season preparations continue to build.
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