The Toronto Arrows re-signed Connor Grindal for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old prop is 5’11” and 240 lbs.
He is Canada-eligible through both parents. as his mother is from Montreal and his father Iain in Ontario where he played provincial-level rugby before emigrating to Australia.
Connor played in 7 matches, starting 4, for the Toronto Arrows in 2023. He had 91 carry metres on 20 carries, 125 ruck arrivals, 70 tackles, three breakdown steals and an offload.
Connor played rugby with Sydney University for 5 years beginning in 2016 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology while there. He also played with the Gordon Highlanders in the Sydney Rugby Union Premiership and completed his first season with the Highlanders in 2022.
While at Sydney University, helped lead his 2ndColts side to a junior championship in 2017, and later won the 4th Grade Premiership title in 2019. He also played for the New South Wales Schoolboys representative side in 2016.
Following the 2023 season with Gordon Highlanders, he travelled to Scotland for a development stint with Melrose Rugby Club. Grindal will remain with Melrose for the initial stages of the Scottish National League 1 season before rejoining the Arrows in Toronto in time for the start of 2024 preseason activities.
Toronto Arrows Comments
“I’m really excited to be back with the Arrows for the upcoming season,” said Grindal. “I developed a lot playing and training at this level and I couldn’t have done it without the help from the players and staff at the club. I’m looking forward to carrying over that experience and building towards a better 2024 season.”
“We have a great group of players here at the Arrows, and the support from the fans is amazing. I can’t wait to be back.”
“We’re excited to have Connor back for the upcoming year,” said Tim Matthews, Toronto Arrows Vice President and General Manager. “As the 2023 season went on, you could see his confidence and assuredness grow. He took the opportunities he was given, performed well, and finished year with a lot of momentum.”