The Toronto Arrows re-signed Tyler Rowland for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old tighthead prop (24 in a week) is 6’3″ and 270 lbs.
Tyler played 486 minutes in 12 matches, starting 9, for the Toronto Arrows in 2023. He now has 9 test caps for Canada.
Tyler played 385 minutes in 14 matches, starting 4, during the 2022 MLR season for the Arrows. he played with the Canadian National team in the qualification Americas 1 and 2 series and is playing for Canada A against both Chile and Brazil A teams in South America.
He has 409 carry meters on 80 carries, 120 tackles (87.6% completion), 285 ruck arrivals, six tackle breaks, one breakdown steal, and one try over his first three seasons with the club.
Tyler played 468 minutes in 12 matches, starting 7, including 132 carry meters on 27 carries, 62 tackles (91.2% completion), three tackle-breaks, one breakdown steal, and scored one try for the Arrows in 2021.
He played 23 minutes during the 2020 season. He also was part of Rugby Canada’s Pacific Pride National Development Program.
Tyler is from Mississauga, Ontario, and attended Mentor College. He played club rugby with the Toronto Nomads and has played age-grade level rugby for Canada.
He played for the Under-17s and was the captain of the Under-18s in 2017. The team played in the Rugby Europe Open Championships. He also played for the Under-20s at the World RugbyTrophy competition in 2018 and in 2019.
While with the Toronto Nomads, Tyler was a 2017 scholarship recipient to travel to New Zealand to train with the Canstaff Crusaders International High-Performance Unit.
Tyler has attended the University of British Columbia since 2017 where he is majoring in the Arts and plays rugby with the Thunderbirds.
Tyler has also played provincial rugby with the Ontario Blues Under 19s in the Canadian Rugby Championships.
Tyler has accrued six caps for Canada since making his international debut against Wales in July 2021. He also represented Canada at the 2018 World Rugby Under-20 Trophy (as an under-ager) and again throughout the 2019 World Rugby Under-20 Trophy qualifier series.
Toronto Arrows Comments
“I am excited to be continuing with the Arrows and look forward to embracing the challenges and contributing to the success of the club,” said Rowland. “I have felt at home since joining in 2020, a large part of which had to do with Bill’s support and influence throughout the years.”
“I look forward to honouring Bill’s legacy and continue to aid the growth of the game in Canada, while also putting out performances the organization and the fans can be proud of.”
“Despite already entering his fifth season with us and becoming one of the more veteran players on the team, it can be easy to forget that Tyler is still among the youngest props in Major League Rugby,” said Tim Matthews, Toronto Arrows Vice President and General Manager. “He’s a physical, imposing player who has made great strides in his game in each year he’s been here, and I’m confident he’ll continue on his upward trajectory in 2024.”