The Toronto Arrows re-signed Ross Braude for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old scrumhalf (22 in January) is 5’6″ and 182 lbs.
Ross played 619 minutes in 11 matches, starting 10, and scoring one try in 2021. He made 509 passes, 91 carry metres on 23 carries, 71 kicks in play for 1,866 metres, 38 tackles, and 13 tackle breaks.
Ross is from Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa, and is Canadian eligible through his father Gary, who was born in Montreal. He attended Laerskool Rynfield, before attending Grey College where he played for the 1st XV, as well as being the team’s captain prior to graduation.
In 2016 he played for the Free State U16s in Grant Khomo Week. In 2017 and 2018 he played for Free State U18s during Craven Week, as well as for the South Africa U17 School Sevens, and in 2017 was the only U17 nominated as the backline player of the year for the Ruggas Awards.
He then joined the Bulls, helping lead the Pretorian club’s age-grade sides to the under-19 and under-21 championships in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Ross also represented the South African under-18 sevens team prior to joining Canada’s national program in November at the 36-player national team camp in Langford, B.C., where he and 12 other Arrows players assembled at the Al Charron National Training Centre for three weeks of high-performance training.
Ross made his debut for Rugby Canada Senior National Team against Wales at Millennium Stadium on July 3, 2021. The last of his 7 starts was against Portugal at Lisbon on November 6, 2021.
Toronto Arrows Comments
Mark Winokur, Toronto Arrows Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager said “Ross is a dynamic half-back on the rise, and despite being one of the youngest players in the league last year, he proved he was more than capable of handling the rigors of North American professional rugby. At just 21, there is a lot of growth to come for Ross, and we’re excited to see his game continue to evolve.”