Rugby New York Home Opener Against Toronto Arrows

Rugby New York Ironworkers will host the Toronto Arrows at Memorial Stadium in Mount Vernon, New York on Sunday, February 26. The kickoff is at 3 pm ET and the match will be streamed on The Rugby Network in the U.S., Canada, and internationally and will also be streamed in Canada on TSN+,, and the TSN app. There will also be a collegiate rugby curtain raiser at 11:30 pm between Fordham and Siena.

Rugby New York Ironworkers 

Head Coach James Semple has made 3 changes in the starting XV and another 3 in the reserves. Kara Pryor, Connor Buckley, and Fa’asui Fuatai start at 8-man, scrum half, and outside center, respectively. Tevita Langi, Eamonn Matthews, and John Powers will be looking to contribute when needed.

Against the Seawolves last weekend, the Ironworkers had a strong set play, had an edge in the territory, and won more turnovers. Still, penalties and handling errors resulted in penalty goals by Seattle. Ed Fidow scored the team’s only try and a crushing tackle prevented a Seawolves try. He was among the MLR carry leaders along with Andrew Coe, who weaved his way through the opposition. 

Three local New York players are on the match-day squad: Connor Buckley, John Powers, and Eamonn Matthews. During the offseason, they are teammates at NYAC Rugby Club. 

Toronto Arrows

Head Coach Peter Smith has made 3 changes in the starting XV with Mitch Eadie, Fabian Goodall, and Kobe Faust at 8-man, inside center, and left-wing, respectively. Ramón Ayarza, Nik Hildebrand, James O’Neill, and Avery Oitomen are changes at  loosehead prop, tighthead prop, back-row, and wing, respectively, as reserves.

The Arrows also opened the season with a loss to Rugby ATL with a late surge to gain a losing bonus point. For the Arrows, this match is the second of six consecutive away matches, with their home opener on April 8, a rematch against Rugby New York.

The Arrows squad was posted on the MLR App, and then revised after releasing its roster on social media.

Squads With DJCoil Rugby Player Article Links

Rugby New York Ironworkers: 1 Chance Wenglewski 2 Dylan Fawsitt 3 Nic Mayhew 4 Nate Brakeley (C) 5 Hamish DalzellBen BonassoBrendon O’ConnorKara Pryor  9  Connor Buckley 10 Sam Windsor 11 Ed Fidow 12 Jason Emery 13 Fa’asiu Fuatai 14 Andrew Coe 15 Jack Heighton16  Kaleb Geiger 17 Tevita Langi 18 Sam Davies 19 Charlie Hewitt 20 Brad Tucker 21 Eamonn Matthews 22 Teihorangi Walden 23 John Powers

Toronto Arrows: 1 Conan O’Donnell 2 Gene Syminton 3 Isaac Salmon 4 Mason FleschMiciah Torrance-Read 6 Travis Larsen 7 Lucas Rumball (C) 8 Mitch Eadie 9 Ross Braude 10 Mitch Richardson 11 Kobe Faust 12 Fabian Goodhall 13 Tautalatasi Tasi 14 Cole Davis 15 Ciaran Breen 16 Jack McRogers 17 Ramón Ayarza 18  Nik Hildebrand 19 Adriaan Wadden 20 Mike Sheppard 21 James O’Neill  22 Cole Brown 23 Avery Oitomen

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