Toronto Arrows & Cole Keith
The Toronto Arrows have signed Canada National Team prop Cole Keith for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old is from Sussex, New Brunswick is 6’0″”, and weighs 255 pounds.
Cole went to Sussex High School in New Brunswick and played for the Belleisle Rovers, the Under-16 and Under-18s Spruce, and for the Atlantic Rock provincial team.
In 2016 moved to Victoria, British Columbia and joined James Bay Athletic Club and became part of the Canadian Centralized Group. In 2016 he played for Canada’s Under-20s in the World Rugby Junior Trophy competition qualifier against the U.S. In 2017 and 2018 he played for Canada A in the Americas Pacific Challenge in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Cole had his debut for the Senior National Team against Chile at Langford, British Columbia on Feruary11, 2017 in the Americas Rugby Championship. His last test match was against Russia at Nepean on June 16, 2018.
Cole has 9 caps and has started for Canada once. His international cap total is about to change, as he was selected for the November 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage matches, a round-robin competition with Kenya, Germany, Hong Kong, and Canada for the last remaining RWC 2019 spot.
In preparation for these matches, the team played two matches in the U.K. winning 26-20 against Oxford University and 35-12 over Coventry. Cole played the first match at tighthead prop, starting against Oxford University.