The Toronto Arrows added Oliver Nott for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old flanker is 6’2″ and 225 lbs. He adds depth for the Arrows as nine Arrows players were recently named to Canada’s roster for the national union’s upcoming July tour, along with the expectation that three players will be selected to Uruguay’s squad.
Ollie is from Barton, U.K, and was part of the Leicester Tigers elite player development group before he emigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia with his parents and sister.
Ollie attended Shawnigan High School from 2010-2013, earning his high school diploma, and was the team’s 1st XV rugby captain. He then attended the University of Victoria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in Secondary Physical Health Education, Social Studies, History, and Law. He was a Bruce Howe Scholarship winner and played on the UVics Varsity rugby team in the BC Premier League. He also was a Canadian University National Bronze Medalist.
Ollie played for the Canada U20s at the World Rugby Trophy competition in Portugal in 2015 against Namibia, Tonga, and Hong Kong. In 2017 he started two matches for the Canadian National Team making his debut against Chile at Langford on February 11, and the following week of the Americas Rugby Championship against the United States at Vancouver on February 18. Ollie has also represented Canada in the Pacific Pride program.
During 2019-2020, Ollie has been a teacher on call for the Greater Victoria School District. He also was a volunteer track and field head coach for Mount Douglas Secondary School.
Since January 2020, he has been a coach at the Rhinos Rugby Academy in San Clemente, California, and played for the team at the World Tens Series in 2020 and will likely again in Fall 2021.
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The energetic loose forward also participated in the inaugural World Tens Series event last autumn, featuring for the California-based Rhinos. Prior to joining the Arrows, Nott had been training in the Golden State with the Rhinos ahead of the 2021 edition of the World Tens Series, which is set to be held in Florida from late August to early October.
Nott is a graduate of the British Columbia Bears senior men’s provincial program and Rugby Canada’s Pacific Pride national development program, and played his grassroots rugby with the University of Victoria Vikes in the British Columbia Premiership.