The Toronto Arrows re-signed Canada international Patrick Parfrey for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old flyhalf/fullback/center (29 in November) is 6’1″ and 205 lbs.
Pat signed with the Arrows for the 2020 season but did not feature in any matches, as he was completing his Ph.D. He had been expected to join the team later in the season, but the shortened MLR season due to COVID-19, derailed his inclusion. In 2020 he was appointed as Rugby Canada’s representative to World Rugby.
After signing with the Arrows in 2019, he played 166 minutes in 6 matches. He also had 1 linebreak, 2 tackle breaks, 5 offloads, 26 carries for 166 meters, made 26 tackles, and kicked 9 times for 273 meters.
Following the MLR season, Patrick represented Canada at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and played in two matches.
Paddy is from St. John’s Newfoundland and went to Holy Heart of Mary High. He also is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Epidemiology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
He played club rugby with Swilers Rugby Club and representative rugby with the Atlantic Rock. He has represented Canada Selects in the Americas Rugby Championship in 2012 and for most Selects competitions, including in 2018 against Castres.
He played for the Canada Sevens team in 2013 and made his debut for Canada’s Senior 15s against the U.S. at Edmonton on May 25, 2013. The last of his 32 tests was on October 2, 2019, against New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup. He also was selected for the 2015 Rugby World Cup but did not play. He also represented the Canada under-20s in 2010 and 2011.
Paddy played previously for the Arrows against the Glendale Raptors in 2017 at Infinity Park and in 2018 at York Stadium. He returned for the 2019 and 2020 Major League Rugby seasons.
Toronto Arrows Comments
Pat, Arrow 39, has made six appearances throughout his two seasons with the club, with the versatile back making 34 carries, running for 166 carry meters, and completing 21 tackles (87.5% completion), five offloads, two tackle-breaks, and a linebreak.
“We thought Pat was Canada’s best player at the Rugby World Cup last year and we missed having him around this past year. He can play a variety of positions well and is a total Canadian pro in the way he approaches the game. We are very happy to have him back.”