The San Diego Legion host the Toronto Arrows on Sunday, Mmarch10 at 7:30 pm PDT (10:30 pm EDT). Tickets are still available. The match will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
San Diego (4-1-0) enter Sunday’s game in third place with 18 points and have a four-match winning streak after beating Seattle, Houston, Utah, and Austin after an opening weekend loss against Rugby United New York.
The Arrows (2-3-0) enter the match following a defeat to Glendale (22-0) on March 2, and are sixth in the league standings with 12 points.
San Diego Legion Head Coach Rob Hoadley has made two changes to his starters with Fakosi Pifeleti at loosehead prop and Jordan Manihera debuting for the team after arriving from New Zealand.
In the reserves, Kapeli Pifeleti returns to the team after playing for the Eagles several minutes on Friday against Canada. Nick Boyer and Conor Kearns also rejoin the matchday 23 after USA duty and an injury, respectively.
Silverthorn has made two changes to his starting squad that lost to the Glendale Raptors in the snow and sub-zero conditions last Saturday. Inside center Guiseppe du Toit has returned to Toronto’s squad following his inclusion with the Canadian national team at the Americas Rugby Championship and Saracens loanee Jack Nay will make his Arrows debut at the No. 8 position.
“Last week’s match in the snow left a bitter taste in our mouths, and we’re hungry to get back into the win column,” said Silverthorn. “After each loss this season, our guys have shown strong resolve to respond with a win, and we’ll be looking for a similar outcome tomorrow night. That bounce-back attitude has fuelled some great training sessions this week.”
“San Diego is in great form right now and will be a very tough test,” added Silverthorn. “We know it’ll take a comprehensive team effort for us to leave California with a win, but we’re up to the task. All our players are eager to get back out there and perform at the level we know we’re capable of performing.”
Squads with Player Article Links
San Diego Legion: 1 Faka’osi Pifeleti 2 Deon Muir 3 Paddy Ryan (VC) 4 Lou Stanfill 5 Keni Nasoqeqe 6 Psalm Wooching 7 Devin Short 8 Jordan Manihera 9 Nate Augspurger 10 Joe Pietersen (C) 11 Ryan Matyas 12 JP du Plessis 13 Dylan Audsley 14 Jasa Veremalua 15 Kyle Rogers 16 Kapeli Pifeleti17 Sione Tu’ihalamaka18 Aaron Mitchell 19 Siaosi Mahoni 20 Drew Gaffney 21 Nick Boyer 22 Tai Enosa 23 Conor Kearns + Head Coach Rob Hoadley ) Nick Boyer
Toronto Arrows: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 AJ Quattrin 3 Morgan Mitchell 4 Mike Sheppard 5 Paul Ciulini 6 Peter Milazzo 7 Marcello Wainwright 8 Jack Nay 9 Andrew Ferguson 10 Sam Malcolm 11Dan Moor (C) 12 Guiseppe du Toit 13 Spencer Jones 14 Avery Oitomen 15 Shawn Windsor16 Steven Ng 17 Pat Lynott 18 Tom Dolezel 19 Tom Van Horne 20 Kolby Francis 21 Riley DiNardo 22 Jamie Leveridge 23 Johnny Sheridan + Director of Rugby, Chris Silverthorn
Toronto Arrows Staff
Vice President & General Manager: Mark Winokur
Director of Rugby: Chris Silverthorn
Coaches: Aaron Carpenter, Cory Hector, Peter Smith
Performance Analyst: Rodin Lozada
Team Physicians: Dr. Anthony Dixon, Dr. Chris Gallimore, Dr. John Gillis
Athletic Therapist: Perry Fan