The Toronto Arrows re-signed Sam Malcolm for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. Sam, who will be 28 years old next week, plays flyhalf/fullback, is 5’9″, 180lbs, and is from Wanganui, New Zealand.
Sam played 539 minutes in 8 matches, starting 6, and scored 50 points for the Toronto Arrows in 2023. He also was a key contributor to the Arrows in 2022, playing 993 minutes in 13 starts and scoring 98 points. After re-joining the team during the 2021 season, he played 170 minutes in 3 matches, starting twice, and scored 8 points from a try and a penalty goal.
Sam signed with the Kamaishi Seawolves of the Japanese Top Challenge League for the 2020-2021 season before returning to play 170 minutes in 3 matches, starting 2, and scoring 8 points for the Arrows in 2021.
During the truncated 2020 season, he played 333 minutes in 5 starts and scored 60 points. In 2019 he played 1218 minutes in 16 starts for the Arrows, scoring 152 points, which was third in MLR. He made 181 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team. He also made 69 kicks for 2594 meters. Following the 2019 season, he returned to New Zealand and played for his fifth season with the Manawatu Turbos in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Sam played rugby 15s, 7s, and touch rugby at Wanganui High School. He played for the Manawatu Under-19s and Hurricanes Under-20s. He also was part of the New Zealand Under-20s extended training group and in 2014 trialed at halfback.
He played for both the New Zealand Universities in 2015 and the Hurricanes Development side in 2016. Sam attended Massey University, studying agri-commerce and playing with the Varsity Rugby Club.
From 2015-2018, Sam played with the Manawatu amateur side and with the Manawatu Turbos in the Mitre Cup. Sam made 10 appearances with the Turbos in 2018, starting 7 times, and has made 20 appearances.
Toronto Arrows Comments
“My link to this club runs deep and I’m looking forward to embracing the challenge in 2024 alongside exciting new additions and strong returning members,” said Malcolm. “Bill left big shoes to fill and while it’s important we respect and honor his legacy, at the same time, we move forward and keep grounded, as Bill would expect us to do.”
“The pain from last season is a powerful motivator and it’s incumbent on us as a club to work together and respond.”
The five-foot-nine, 180-pound back holds club records in several statistical categories, including points (370), conversions (83), penalty goals (61), and goal-kicking accuracy (80.4%).