The Toronto Arrows re-signed Kobe Faust for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old Rugby Canada wing/center (22 in May) is 6’1″ and 220 lbs.
Kobe played 663 minutes in 12 matches, starting 7, carried 44 times for 423 meters, made 40 tackles, and kicked one penalty goal for the Toronto Arrows in 2023.
Over his first three seasons with the club, Faust has produced 562 carry meters on 57 carries, 46 tackles, eight defenders beaten, two linebreaks, and two offloads.
Kobe missed most of the 2022 season while recovering from a serious lower-body injury and returned to full fitness in time to start the final match, playing the full 80 minutes for the first time with the senior team. Since then he has been playing club rugby with the Guelph Gryphons.
Kobe made three appearances in his debut season with the Arrows in 2021. He was used primarily as a wing and produced 48 carry meters on five carries, three tackles (100% completion), and one tackle break in his first season with the club.
He is also the youngest player to ever feature in an MLR match at 19 years, one month, and 25 days when he made his Arrows debut on June 26, 2021.
Kobe is from Uxbridge, Ontario. He played rugby for the Oshawa Vikings (ON), the Toronto Elite Reds Academy Rugby 7s team in 2017, and the University of Guelph Gryphons. Kobe also progressed through the Ontario Blues junior men’s provincial program.
Kobe played for the Rugby Canada U18s during their December 2019 – January 2020 tour of California. He impressed coaches in an intrasquad scrimmage while playing for the Arrows Team White. He also participated in Rugby Canada’s under-20 camp following the 2021 MLR season. He represented Canada at the World Rugby Under-20 Canada Conference 2022 tournament held in Guelph, Ont. this past August, starting all three of Canada’s matches.