Toronto Arrows & Dan Moor
The Toronto Arrows have signed Canada wing Dan Moor for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The Toronto native is 28-years-old, 6’0″, and 22 pounds.
Moor attended Queen’s University from 2009-2013 and graduated with a dual Bachelor’s of Commerce and Bachelor’s of Arts in History Degrees. He also played rugby for the Varsity. In 2012 he was an exchange student at University of Otago and played with the rugby club while there.
Moor continued his education at the University of Oxford from 2017-2018 graduating with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He also played for the Varsity Blues and achieved the Coaches’ Player of the year award. he also played in the Varsity Match against Cambridge last year. Moor then joined the Yorkshire Carnegie of the RFU Championship.
He has progressed through the Rugby Ontario club and representative system, winning multiple MacTier Cups and McCormick Cups with the Ontario Blues and Balmy Beach, respectively.
Moor made his debut for Canada against Uruguay in the Americas Rugby Championship on February 6, 2016, at Langford. His last test match was against the USA at San Diego on July 1, 2017. He has 14 caps and started every match.
During 2017 Moor left a well-paying financial services job in Toronto and joined Canada’s centralized program for a fraction of the salary he previously made. Some questioned this decision, however, Moor considered this to be an opportunity.
Moor said, “When I was looking at the decision to move out west to train in Langford I was essentially leaving a stable, career-track job to move into becoming a full-time athlete, which is quite possibly the most competitive market in the world with a lot of unknowns.”
“I strongly believe that life is about dreams and experiences – and my ambitions are a big part of that; It may sound a bit selfish, but I want to have a great sporting career representing my country, a massive dream for me, and I also have a big professional ambition to one day run a company.”
His company Birch Hill supported his decision “not to turn his back on these opportunities,” Moor said. “When I was leaving they said ‘You’re going to have regrets when you’re 50 if you didn’t take the opportunity to play for Canada when you had the chance.”
“I know at some point I’m going to cross back over into the business world. I’ll be sitting across the table from a businessperson and I’m going to have to tell my story,” Moor said. “I don’t think anyone’s going to care if I can pass off both hands, tackle and kick because that doesn’t translate to the professional world.
“However, what also attracted me to this opportunity was the intangible skills that come with high-level sport – I think the elements of discipline, teamwork, sacrifice, mental toughness, team culture, and leadership are valued in the outside world and hopefully I can demonstrate them when I try to return.”
“I am very thankful for the opportunity with the Arrows and to join these players and the organization more broadly in what will be a great challenge in the club’s first season in the MLR,” said Moor. “It is exciting times for rugby in my hometown, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
“Dan is an exciting, dynamic player who brings a wealth of experience to our club,” said Arrows Vice President and General Manager Mark Winokur. “When the opportunity came up to bring Dan home to Toronto, we pushed hard for it. He’s an elite Canadian talent with an unrivaled work ethic, and he’ll serve as a strong role model to some of our younger guys as we begin our MLR journey.”
With the signing of Moor, Toronto has now confirmed 21 players ahead of the 2019 MLR season.
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