Toronto Arrows & Theo Sauder
The Toronto Arrows signed Canada flyhalf/fullback Theo Sauder for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 22-years-old, 5’11”, and weighs 185 pounds.
Sauder is from Vancouver, British Columbia and graduated from St. George’s School in 2014. While there, he led the team to a second straight BC High School Sevens Championship and toured with the school to Argentina in 2014. While in high school, he also played rugby sevens for the Canada Maple Leafs in the NACRA Sevens in 2013.
After graduating, he attended the University of British Columbia from 2014-2018 and played rugby for the Thunderbirds. He played in the inaugural Canadian Men’s University XVs Championship in 2017 at the Unversity of Guelph with the team winning the title over the University of Victoria. After the tournament, he was named to the Unversity All-Star team at flyhalf. He also was on the 2016 Men’s University Sevens All-Stars.
Sauder also played club rugby for the Vancouver Rowing Club and played for the B.C. Bears in the 2018 Canadian Rugby Championship.
Canada National Team
In addition to playing rugby sevens for the Maple Leafs in 2013, he also played for Canada’s Under-20s at wing.
In 2018 Sauder made his debut for Canada’s Senior Men’s National team against Scotland on June 9 at Edmonton. In his only other match, he started against Russia at Nepean the following week.
He also played for Canada Selects against the Ontario Arrows in May in Vancouver and in the Americas Pacific Challenge in October.
Canada’s head Coach Kingsley Jones has named Sauder to the November World Rugby Repechage squad. Sauder is currently traveling with the national team again and played for Canada against Coventry after resting the first match against Oxford University in England. The team is currently in France for World Rugby Repechage matches against Kenya, Germany, and Hong Kong. The winner of the Repechage will secure the final spot at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Following the November Repechage/tests, he will return to Toronto and prepare for the 2019 Major League Rugby season with the Toronto Arrows.