The Toronto Arrows re-signed Canada center Guiseppe du Toit for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old center, who will be 25 in a week, is 6’0″ and 220 lbs.
Du Toit, Arrow #28, started all five matches in the shortened 2020 season and has made 16 appearances over his two seasons with the club. He made 98 carries for 702 carry meters, 183 tackles (90.6% completion), six linebreaks, and five tackle breaks throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons, along with scoring two tries and kicking for two conversions.
Guiseppe is from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and attended Shawnigan Lake High School. He played mini rugby with Ridge Meadows Bruin and then stopped for a while to concentrate on soccer before returning to rugby.
He progressed through BC age-grade rugby beginning with the Under-15s. He also represented the Canada Under-20s in 2015 beating the U.S. 24-23 in the World Rugby Trophy Qualifier with the winning kick. This propelled the team into the Trophy competition.
Guiseppe attended the University of Victoria from 2013-2018 and played rugby for the Vikes. He was selected as the Muscle Milk Vikes Athlete of the Week ending November 17, 2018.
He played representative rugby for the BC Bears in the 2017 and 2018 Canadian Rugby Championship. He was also a member of Rugby Canada’s Pacific Pride national development program.
His first senior men’s selection came in 2013 vs USA A in the Americas Rugby Championship in October in Victoria. He also played for Canada A against Ulster in 2016 and in the Americas Pacific Challenge in both 2017 and 2018. He concluded his 2018 season with the Selects against Castres.
Guiseppe has 14 caps for the National Team, starting five matches and scoring one try. His debut for the team was against Chile in Langford on February 11, 2017, in the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship. He also played in the ARC in 2018 and helped the team win the World Rugby Repechage. His last match was against South Africa at Kobe on Oct 8, 2019, at the Rugby World Cup.
Guiseppe returns to the Toronto Arrows for his third MLR season and will feature prominently in the team’s attack. He is an original Arrow as he played for the team against the Glendale Raptors in the team’s first match in 2017.
Guiseppe will be joining Trinity Western University Rugby as the Backs Coach in the Fall 2020 season.
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