The Toronto Arrows signed Dennon Robinson-Bartlett for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old wing/center is 6’2″ and 210 lbs.
Dennon is from Hastings, New Zealand, which is one of two urban areas on the North Island around Hawke’s Bay.
Dennon has played rugby for Whakarewarewa Community Sports Club, Ngāti Kahungunu, and for Tamatea. in 2019 he played in the Mitre 10 Cup with Mount Maunganui-based club, Bay of Plenty Ngāwhā, and was a member of the New Zealand Māori Under-20 side that defeated Fiji Under-20.
In 2021 he played in the National Provincial Championship side Hawke’s Bay and joins the reigning NPC regular season champions’ scrum coach Francisco Deformes in Toronto.
Toronto Arrows Comments
Brandan is one of our “prospects who has put in the work in recent months and years, and that dedication to improvement and growth has merited their first senior contracts,” said Mark Winokur, Toronto Arrows Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager. He “got their first taste of playing in front of a raucous Toronto home crowd at the Rugby Rally this past fall, and demonstrated they belong in a senior team environment. We’re excited to see them continue to develop their game and play a role for us in 2022.”
“Dennon is an exciting young talent from one of the top provincial sides in New Zealand and arrives highly rated by our new forwards and set-piece coach Francisco Deformes, who spent time with Dennon at Hawke’s Bay this past year. The young back comes with scoring prowess and is keen to bring his dynamic southern hemisphere style of play to Major League Rugby.”