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Toronto Arrows Announce Signing of Kiwi Lock Torrance-Read

September 8, 2022 - Major League Rugby (MLR) - Toronto Arrows News Release

TORONTO, ON - The Toronto Arrows are pleased to announce the signing of Kiwi lock Micaiah Torrance-Read for the 2023 Major League Rugby season.

Torrance-Read, 27, will arrive at the club from New Zealand side Manawatu Turbos, where the forward has been plying his trade in the National Provincial Championship.

"I'm really looking forward to playing my rugby in Toronto," said Torrance-Read. "From everything I've heard about the Arrows, the standout is that there's a great culture within the club, and I'm big on team culture. There's a great bunch of lads there, and I'm pretty keen to get involved and stuck in."

"I'm excited for just about everything that comes with becoming an Arrow - travelling to North America for the first time, experiencing the sights, taking in a proper Canadian winter, playing good footy, working hard, and hopefully winning a title."

The six-foot-five, 250-pound lock is currently in his third season with Manawatu, featuring in 25 NPC matches (22 starts) for the Turbos since 2020.

Prior to joining the Palmerston North-based side, Torrance-Read spent five seasons with Taranaki, developing in the Bulls' system. He also had a brief spell at Australian side Eastern Suburbs in 2020, though his time in Shute Shield was ultimately cut short due to the pandemic.

Since joining the Turbos, the product of Gisborne, New Zealand has rounded out his rugby schedule with Massey University (Varsity) on the Manawatu Rugby club circuit.

"Micaiah is a big, straightforward lock who does the type of work we are looking for and is a total pro in his approach to the game," said Mark Winokur, Toronto Arrows Chief Operating Officer and General Manager. "We are very excited to welcome him to Toronto and see the dynamic he can inject into our forward pack."

Off the pitch, Torrance-Read keeps busy as a certified builder (a contractor, in Canadian parlance).

The club will be making additional signing announcements in the coming weeks as 2023 season preparations continue to build.

The window to place a deposit to secure 2023 season memberships for the lowest possible price is now open. Earlybird pricing packages for the club's home matches at York Lions Stadium start at just $70 for a limited time only.

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