The Toronto Arrows re-signed Sam Malcolm for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old flyhalf/fullback is 5’9″ , 180lbs and is from Wanganui, New Zealand.
With nine Arrows players 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, the team has had to add to its squad depth as it completes its campaign abroad.
Sam played 170 minutes in 3 matches in 2021, starting twice, and scored 8 points from a try and a penalty goal.
Sam has featured in 24 matches (23 starts) for the Arrows between 2019 and 2021, and holds club records in several statistical categories, including points (220), conversions (58), penalty goals (32), goal kicking accuracy (85.7%), and kicking meters (3,239).
His career totals include 664 carry meters on 73 carries, 215 tackles (89.6% completion), 10 dominant tackles, eight tackle breaks, six offloads, three linebreaks, one breakdown steal, and one try. The New Zealander’s impressive performances throughout the club’s inaugural season landed him a spot on the All-MLR 2nd XV in 2019. The Kiwi also holds the distinction of being the only non-Canadian to captain the Arrows in an MLR match.
Following the 2020 MLR season, Sam signed with the Kamaishi Seawolves of the Japanese Top Challenge League.
Sam played over 1200 minutes in 16 matches for the Arrows in 2019, scoring 152 points, which was third in MLR. He made 181 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team. He also made 69 kicks for 2594 meters. Following the 2019 season, he returned to New Zealand and played for his fifth season with the Manawatu Turbos in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Sam played rugby 15s, 7s, and touch rugby while at Wanganui High School. He played for the Manawatu Under-19s, and Hurricanes Under-20s. He also was part of New Zealand Under-20s extended training group and in 2014 trialed at halfback.
He played for both the New Zealand Universities in 2015 and the Hurricanes Development side in 2016. Sam attended Massey University, studying agri-commerce and playing with the Varsity Rugby Club.
From 2015-2018, Sam played with the Manawatu amateur side and with the Manawatu Turbos in the Mitre Cup. Sam made 10 appearances with the Turbos in 2018, starting 7 times, and has made 20 appearances.
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