The Toronto Arrows signed Mike Sheppard for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 30-years-old, 6’4″ and 245 pounds.
Mike is from Brampton, Ontario and lives in Mississauga. He attended Bramalea Secondary School and then went to McMaster University from 2007-2012. He played rugby with the Marauders, helping the team win two OUA Championships and was selected to the OUA All-Stars. Mike graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical and Biological Anthropology and minored in history and geography.
Mike then attended Nipissing University from 2012-2013 earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Mike has played club rugby with the Stoney Creek Camels and with the Brampton Beavers. He has played representative rugby with the Ontario Blues since 2013.
Mike Sheppard and Canada National Team
Mike played with Canada A in the 2018 Americas Pacific Challenge and then was selected to the Canada National Team for the World Rugby Repechage against Kenya, Germany, and Hong Kong. The team went undefeated and earned the final spot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Mike played in the three matches, starting two of them.
Mike began his professional career with the Ontario Arrows in 2017 and became the team’s captain during their 2018 exhibition season. The team changed its name for their inclusion in Major League Rugby for 2019. They still recognized the impact of Mike’s play and leadership and signed the lock for 2019.