The Toronto Arrows re-signed Lucas Rumball for the 2024 Major League Rugby season, his sixth season with the club. The 28-year-old flanker is 6’2″ and 230 lbs.
Lucas has made 54 MLR appearances, starting 51, made 696 tackles, had 49 breakdown steals, & 5 tries, as well as 49 caps for Canada. He leads the franchise in tackles (696; 93.3% completion) and breakdown steals (49); and is the only Arrows player to have hit the 600-tackle milestone. He has also accumulated 2,001 carry metres on 411 carries, 49 defenders beaten, and 24 offloads.
Lucas’s international cap total should increase with his selection to Canada’s National Team squad for the two-match La Vila International Rugby Cup in Villajoyosa, Spain on November 11 and 18, 2023.
In 2023 he played 1128 minutes in 15 matches, starting 14, and scored 3 tries for the Toronto Arrows.
In 2022 he played 1082 minutes in 15 matches, starting 14, and scoring 1 try.
Lucas played 993 minutes in 13 starts with the Arrows in 2021. The 2021 club co-captain season performances had him gaining a spot on the All-MLR 1st XV. “Despite missing three matches due to international duty, Rumball still finished first across the league in breakdown steals (22; next closest had 13), first in defensive ruck arrivals (124), seventh in tackles (156), eighth in attacking ruck arrivals (242), and 16th in carries (124).”
During the 2020 MLR season, he played in all five games, starting four. The powerful loose forward has developed a reputation as one of the top tacklers in North America’s top flight, making 163 tackles with a completion rate of 94.8%. A member of the club’s senior leadership group since joining the league, Rumball has also made 89 carries, ran for 359 carry meters, completed nine offloads, and scored two tries over the 2019 and 2020 seasons.”
Following the November Repechage and tests, he returned to Toronto and played 421 minutes in 6 starts, and scored one try for the Arrows in 2019.
Lucas is from Scarborough, Ontario. He attended Queens University and was the captain of the Gaels Rugby team. He was selected for the Canada Under-18s and the Under-20s. For the latter, he captained the team in the World Rugby Trophy competition in 2015.
Lucas played club rugby with Balmy Beach RFC until he became part of Canada’s Centralized Player’s Squad. He moved to British Columbia and joined the James Bay Athletic Association.
Lucas has played Provincial rugby for the Ontario Blues and has participated in numerous Canadian Rugby Championships. He played for the Blues against the USA Collegiate All-Americans in 2014 and against the ARP All-Stars in 2015.
Lucas made his debut for Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team in 2016 against Uruguay at Langford on February 6, 2016, at the Americas Rugby Championship. He played in the 2019 Pacific Nations Cup before playing in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. In Japan, he started the three matches played with his final one against South Africa at Kobe on October 8, 2019. The final match against Namibia was canceled because of Typhoon Hagibis.
2018 was a busy year for the national team back row. He played in the Americas Rugby Championship for Canada, for Canada Selects against the Ontario Arrows in May, for Canada in the June tests, for Canada Selects again against Castres and Clermont in August, and for Canada A in the Americas Pacific Challenge. Now he is with the National team again and played for Canada against Oxford University and Coventry in England before leaving for France for World Rugby Repechage matches against Kenya, Germany, and Hong Kong. As the winner of the Repechage, Canada secured the final spot at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Rumball has amassed 49 caps (46 starts) for Canada since making his international debut against Uruguay in February 2016, including featuring at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The forward also represented the Canada under-20s in 2014 (as an under-ager) and 2015.