The Toronto Arrows roster includes a strong BC contingent, including Victoria’s Ollie Nott (Castaway Wanderers, UVic Vikes), Maple Ridge’s Giuseppe du Toit (Ridge Meadows Bruins, UVic Vikes, TW Spartans), and Burnaby’s Siaki Vikiliani and Taitusi Vikiliani (both Burnaby Lake). Former Burnaby Lake RFC and BC Bear Bryce Wordern and Victoria resident James O’Neill (UVic Vikes) are also on the Arrows roster.
“The Arrows are very excited to participate in the first professional rugby game ever played in British Columbia,” said Mark Winokur, Toronto Arrows Chief Operating Officer and General Manager. “British Columbia has a long and storied tradition of rugby across the province, and we know our match with Los Angeles will have an incredible atmosphere in a stadium of passionate fans.”
“As Canada’s representative team in Major League Rugby, our ties to British Columbia are strong. Our roster features several players who were born and raised in the province, along with many players who have played at Premier League and Coastal Cup clubs, which will make this match feel like a homecoming for many of our guys.”
“We’re looking forward to having the opportunity to test ourselves against the reigning MLR champions early in our 2022 schedule. In preparing for what should be a great match and a fantastic event, we’ll be continuing to work closely with the City of Langford, Rugby Canada, and BC Rugby to help make this fixture a day to remember for players and fans alike.”
Former James Bay AA player DTH van der Merwe is part of the Giltinis squad, alongside Wallabies great Matt Giteau, who recently ditched retirement plans to remain in LA following their 2021 Championship season. The Giltinis also acquired Olympic silver-medalist and England Rugby 7s captain Tom Mitchell this season.
Langford’s Starlight Stadium is a premium-grade artificial turf field that can host upwards of 6,000 guests. Located a short drive (15km) west of Victoria on Vancouver Island, the field is home to Rugby Canada, the Westshore Rebels (Canadian Junior Football League), and Pacific FC (Canadian Premier League). The stadium has hosted a multitude of high-profile sporting, entertainment and community events since opening its doors in 2009.
With the health and safety of spectators, athletes, and team staff serving as the organization’s top priority, all fans in attendance aged 12 or older at Starlight Stadium will be required to show proof of full vaccination upon entry.
Compliance with certain health and safety policies will be required for entry into Starlight Stadium, and such policies may be modified according to then-current public health guidance and applicable law. Updates will be made available prior to the match. Fans should visit here for more information.