The Toronto Arrows re-signed Sam Malcolm for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old flyhalf/fullback is 5’9″, 180lbs, and is from Wanganui, New Zealand.
Sam played 539 minutes in 8 matches, starting 6, and scoring 50 points for the Toronto Arrows in 2023. In 2022 he played 993 minutes in 13 starts and scored 98 points for the Arrows.
In 2021 he played for the Kamaishi Seawaves in Japan’s Top Challenge League before re-joining the Arrows during the 2021 MLR season and playiing 170 minutes in 3 matches, starting twice, and scoring 8 points from a try and a penalty goal.
Following the 2019 season with the Toronto Arrows, Sam joined the Kamaishi Seawaves for the 2020-2021 season.
Sam played over 1200 minutes in 16 matches for the Arrows in 2019, 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 while 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
The Toronto Arrows are pleased to announce that fly-half Sam Malcolm is returning to the club for the 2024 Major League Rugby season.
Malcolm, 27, will be back with the Arrows for a sixth campaign after featuring in 45 matches (42 starts) – the sixth-highest appearance tally in franchise history – for the club since its inaugural season in 2019.
“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 honour 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%).