The Toronto Arrows signed Alex Russell for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old 6’2″, 210 lb. utility back has played fullback, wing, and center.
Alex is from Chicester, England. He attended Marlborough College from 2010-2014, playing rugby while there. From 2014-2018 he went to McGill University, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He played rugby on the varsity team for four years and was the team’s captain his final year.
Alex played representative sevens rugby in Quebec and represented the team at the 2019 Las Vegas Invitational in the Aces Division.
He then moved to Ontario, playing club rugby for the Markham Irish, and won the McCormick Cup in 2018. From 2019-2021 he has played rugby with Canada’s National Development Academy, the Pacific Pride. He also spent time with the Canada Sevens program in 2020-2021 and played in the Emirates Invitational Sevens in Dubai in 2021.
Toronto Arrows Comments
The Toronto Arrows signed utility back Alex Russell and scrumhalf Reid Watkins for the remainder of the 2021 MLR season. Watkins, 27, arrives at the Arrows from Rugby ATL’s Pathway 404 Academy, where he has been training since March.
“We’re pleased to add two skillful Canadian backs with top-tier representative experience for our final stretch of the 2021 season,” said Mark Winokur, Toronto Arrows Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager. “With more than a dozen vacancies on our roster due to international selections, Alex and Reid are filling some sizable gaps in key positions. With both players getting in matches earlier this spring, we know they’re keen to hit the ground running and make an instant impact.”
The Arrows have two matches remaining in their third campaign in North America’s top-flight professional rugby league, with all fixtures to be played in the club’s temporary home of Atlanta.