The Toronto Arrows signed Conor McCann for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old fullback is 6’1″ and 205lbs.
Conor is a graduate of the Ontario Blues senior men’s provincial program, French Top 14 side ASM Clermont Auvergne’s Espoirs Academy team, and also played club rugby with James Bay and Balmy Beach Rugby Clubs.
He played twice at two IRB Junior World Trophy tournaments, in 2012, and again in 2013. He also represented Canada at two stops on the 2011–12 IRB Sevens World Series, featuring in six matches and scoring two tries.
He’s regarded as one of the top players in Ontario’s Marshall Premiership, and he helped lead his hometown club Balmy Beach to back-to-back McCormick Cup provincial championships in 2014 and 2015.
Rugby is one part of life, but his fast action off the pitch helped save the life of his teammate.
Balmy Beach RFC & Heroic Day
August 29, 2015, will be a day that Conor, his Balmy Beach RFC teammates, and Phil Shannon, and his family, will not forget. Conor was a firefighter trainee at the time and would later become a member of the Toronto Fire Services. Phil Shannon, a scrumhalf, sustained a hit on the pitch and the impact made it difficult for him to breathe.
Conor and team captain Haydn Gage, a firefighter, performed CPR and used a defibrillator to save his life. The defibrillator was only installed at Fletcher’s Fields stadium a few months earlier when the Markham rugby field was used as a training ground for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Toronto Arrows Comments
“Conor is also a former Ontario Blue and is a superb athlete who has returned to full form. He has made an immediate impact at camp, and is a big addition to our depth across our backs.”