The Toronto Arrows re-signed Canadian international Jack McRogers for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old hooker, who will be 25 in a couple of weeks, is 5’11” and 230 lbs.
Jack played 243 minutes in 8 matches, starting once, and scoring one try for the Toronto Arrows in 2023. He also played for the Canadian National Team against Spain this past Summer.
In 2022 he played 396 minutes in 14 matches, starting 3, carrying for 278 meters, and was the Arrows’ leading try scorer with 6 tries. He played 633 minutes in 16 matches, starting 7, during the 2021 season. He played in the Rugby Rally in October, the first time in 867 days, which the Arrows played at home.
Jack did not play for the Arrows during the truncated 2020 season. He made two appearances for the Arrows in 2019, playing 21 minutes. He made 7 tackles with 2 dominant ones and had a tackle completion rate of 100 percent. Jack was also an Ontario University Athletics First Team All-Star.
Since joining the Arrows in 2019, he has made 18 appearances (seven starts) and had 228 carry meters on 52 carries, 107 tackles, six tackle-breaks, two linebreaks, and two tries during his MLR career. He also holds the all-time franchise lead* in tackle completion (95.5%), having only missed five tackles across 18 career matches.
Jack is from Newmarket, Ontario. He began playing rugby in 8th grade when he lived in New Zealand with his family for a year. He returned to Ontario and attended Newmarket High School from 2012-2016. He was a running back in football and a player-coach in rugby when the school began a rugby team in 11th grade.
Jack played club rugby with the Aurora Barbarians as a U14, U16, U19, and Senior team. He captained the Toronto Rugby Reds to a championship at the New York Sevens in 2015.
Jack has attended McMaster University since 2016 and is projected to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in 2021. He played with the team in the 2017 Canadian Universities Championship and was selected for the tournament Dream Team.
Jack has also been involved nationally in Canada. He was on the U19s tour to Wales, played for the U20s in 2017 and 2018 in the World Rugby Trophy Qualifiers, and in 2018 progressed to the Junior World Rugby Trophy competition in Romania.
Jack played professional rugby with the Ontario Arrows in 2018 against Rugby United New York and the New England Free Jacks.
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Jack has posted 720 carry meters on 137 carries, 234 tackles (92.1% completion), and 11 defenders beaten over his five years with the team. His nine tries rank fifth on the organization’s all-time try-scoring leaderboard (second among forwards), while his 40 appearances are the eighth-highest match tally in club history.
Arrow #38 played his grassroots rugby with the Aurora Barbarians and has remained closely involved with the club, where he currently serves as its senior men’s team’s head coach.
“Jack has been a consistent presence on our roster since our club’s first season in Major League Rugby, and despite already having played five professional seasons, he’s still only entering his age-25 campaign,” said Tim Matthews, Toronto Arrows Vice President and General Manager. “He’s steady, durable, and conducts himself with the maturity of a far older player. We’re very excited he’ll be back playing for his hometown team this year.”