The Toronto Arrows has Canada National Team prop, Cole Keith, returning for the second year of his contract in the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old loosehead/tighthead prop (25 in May) from Sussex, New Brunswick is 6’0″ and 250 lbs.
Cole played 608 minutes in 12 matches, starting 9, in the 2021 season. He played 313 minutes in five matches in the truncated 2020 season, starting 4. During 2019 he played 414 minutes in 13 games, starting 3, including the MLR semifinals.
Cole went to Sussex High School in New Brunswick and played for the Belleisle Rovers, the Under-16 and Under-18s Spruce, and for the Atlantic Rock provincial team.
In 2016 moved to Victoria, British Columbia, and joined James Bay Athletic Club, and became part of the Canadian Centralized Group. In 2016 he played for Canada’s Under-20s in the World Rugby Junior Trophy competition qualifier against the U.S. In 2017 and 2018 he played for Canada A in the Americas Pacific Challenge in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Cole had his debut for the Senior National Team against Chile at Langford, British Columbia on Feruary11, 2017 in the Americas Rugby Championship. His last test match was against Portugal at Lisbon, November 6, 2021.
Cole has 23 caps and has started for Canada 6 times, and scored one try. He helped Canada win the 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage, a round-robin competition with Kenya, Germany, Hong Kong, and Canada for the last remaining RWC 2019 spot and was selected for the final 2019 RWC roster for Japan. In Japan, he played against Italy in Fukuoka on 26 September and against New Zealand at Oita on 2 October.
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