The Toronto Arrows signed Irish scrum-half Jason Higgins for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. He was to have played with Rugby United New York in 2020, however, a visa was unable to be obtained. That should not be a problem in playing with the Arrows, as he has a Canadian father. The 25-year-old (26 in March) is 6’1″ and 200 lbs.
The Douglas, Cork, Ireland native began playing rugby at age six with the Cork Constitution Rugby Club Youth team. He attended Christian Brother College from 2008-2014. He then attended University at Cork College earning a Bachelor’s and recently, a Master’s Degree in Business Economics.
At Christian Brother College, his prowess on the rugby pitch led to playing for the Munster U20s and then Munster A.
He has played with Cork Constitution for the past five years, winning multiple All-Ireland League championships. The 26-year-old recently earned his Master’s Degree in Business Economics at the University of College Cork. In 2014, Jason was awarded the Player of the Year in his last season with the club.
At Cork Constitution, he played on their senior side. The team competed in the Munster Senior Cup, winning the competition in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019. In 2017 and 2019, Higgins helped Cork Constitution win the All Ireland League Championship.
Toronto Arrows Comments
“Jason’s journey to the Arrows is one of those great rugby stories. We were introduced to Jason when he played for Cork Constitution against the Blues in Ottawa in August 2016, and he impressed. He then signed with Rugby United New York for last year but was unable to get his visa to the USA approved before the end of the shortened season. In a very classy move, RUNY let us know that Jason has Canadian citizenship, which opened the door for us to connect. We’re looking forward to adding a Canada-eligible talent at halfback, and to have some Irish heritage included in our ranks!”