The Toronto Arrows added Henry ‘Hank” Stevenson for the 2022 Major League Rugby season with the Utah Warriors receiving a conditional 3rd Round Pick MLR Collegiate Draft in 2022. The 22-year-old lock is 6’5″ and 250 lbs.
Hank was signed by the Dallas jackals for the 2021 MLR season, but following the team’s postponement on league entry until 2022, Hank was available in the Supplemental Draft but was not drafted. This made him a free agent and he signed with the Utah Warriors, who are building a younger team.
Hank did not play during the regular season for the Utah Warriors in 2021. After being loaned to the Arrows, whose squad was depleted during the international tests, he trained with the team but didn’t play.
Henry is from Toronto, Canada, and began playing rugby in the seventh grade with the Toronto Nomads Rugby Club. He attended Royal St. George’s College and in 2017 he represented Canada at the Auckland School 7s tournament in New Zealand. The team was coached by Fred Asselin and comprised of 16-18-year-old players. He also played for the Ontario Blues U19s against the USA High School All-Americans in 2017, as well as took part in the Canadian Maple Leafs 7s National Development Program and was selected to represent Canada at the Youth Commonwealth Games, which were held in Nassau, Bahamas. Henry said, “it was a life-changing experience and solidified my dream to become a professional rugby player.”
Henry progressed through the Ontario Blues program and played for Canada’s Maple Leafs Sevens development program, and won a National Sevens Championship.
He enrolled at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario in 2019 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. While there he played rugby and toured with the Canada U20s to Portugal and Spain and also helped his team win the North American Invitational 7s Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was part of the extended U20s Trophy squad but was not included in the final Trophy competition.
Henry also played for the Ontario Blues against Old Glory during the 2019 DC exhibition season.