The Toronto Arrows signed English loose forward Mitch Eadie for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old back row is 6’3″ and 230 lbs. Mitch joins the club from Premiership Rugby side Bristol Bears.
Mitch was born in Bristol, United Kingdom, and went to John Cabot Academy, where he was the captain of the rugby team for a couple of years. He also studied at SGS College.
He played with Bristol from 2010 through 2017, making 131 appearances, and was honored as the Players’ Player of the Year after the 2012-2013 season and again in 2015/2016. In the latter season, the team was promoted from the RFU Championship to the Premiership.
While with Bristol, he also played with Clifton Rugby Club during the 2011-2012 season.
From 2017 through 2020, he made 27 appearances with the Northampton Saints before returning to the Bristol Bears in the English Premiership from 2020 to 2022.
Mitch also played nine times for the Scotland Under-20s between 2011 and 2013.
Mitch continued his education while with the Northampton Saints, studying carpentry level 2 at Moulton College in Northampton.
The Toronto Arrows will also be glad to utilize his coaching skills, as he is a Level 2 Rugby Coach.
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“I can’t wait to get started with the Arrows,” said Eadie. “With the way the sport has grown in North America over the past few years, this is the perfect opportunity for a new challenge with an ambitious team that’s on the rise, and for me to step out of my comfort zone a little bit.”
“In speaking with the coaches, and in speaking with Mark [Winokur] and Bill [Webb], it’s clear that the Arrows have serious ambition, and that the club’s goals sync up with my own personal and professional ambitions. When it comes down to the direction the Arrows are going, joining the club became an easy decision.”
“My family and I are very excited to make the move to Toronto. Everything that we’ve heard about Canada has been fantastic, and while it’s a big decision to move to a new continent, we decided that if we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it properly. This is a city and an organization where we’ll feel comfortable but will give us a chance to experience something new.”
“We’re looking forward to embracing this new adventure, and I can’t wait to get stuck in and help the Arrows win a championship.”
“Mitch is one of the most popular players in Bristol history and has established himself as a top-shelf Premiership player,” said Mark Winokur, Toronto Arrows Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager. “To have someone like Mitch in our environment is a big plus, and we can’t wait to have him, Georgia, and their daughters join our family. Mitch will bring an edge to our pack and our dressing room, and we are delighted to be welcoming him to Toronto.”