Toronto Arrows Release
The Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club announced today that it has reached an agreement with Super Rugby side Queensland Reds for the transfer of Richie Asiata.
The 24-year-old prop returns to Queensland in exchange for undisclosed financial considerations, becoming the first external transfer in Major League Rugby’s young history.
“We are very sorry to lose Richie but delighted to see him land a spot in Super Rugby,” said Arrows Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Mark Winokur. “We wish Richie and the Reds the best of luck for their 2021 season.”
Asiata joined the Arrows ahead of the club’s 2020 season, starting all five matches in the pandemic-shortened campaign. The Australian finished his debut season ranked second on the team in tackle breaks (3), third in carries (40), fifth in offloads (3), and sixth in carrying metres (198).
The club wishes Richie all the best for the future.
DJCoil Rugby – Richie Asiata 2021 Profile
The Toronto Arrows re-signed Richie Asiata for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old prop/hooker and Arrow #41 is 5’10″, and 255 lbs.
In 2020 Asiata started all five matches and displayed his proficiency with the ball in hand, finishing the season ranked second on the team in tackle breaks (3), third in carries (40), fifth in offloads (3), and sixth in carrying meters (198).
Richie is from Auckland, New Zealand, and moved to Australia with his family in 2000 where he attended Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane.
He played rugby for Australia Schools in 2014, the QLD Reds Under-20s in 2015-2016 with the latter going undefeated in the Super Under-20s. He also was selected for the Australia Under-20s and played in the World Rugby U20s Championship in 2016.
From 2016-2019 he played for Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship and from 2017-2018 for Easts in Queensland Premier Rugby. In 2016 he trained with the Super Rugby Reds and also played for the Reds President’s XV against the Queensland County Heelers. In 2018 he also was with the QLD Reds Wider Training Squad.
Richie lives in Logan, Australia, and is currently in the Canterbury wider training squad (2020).