TORONTO — The Toronto Arrows, the lone Canadian entry in Major League Rugby, are closing shop — at least for the 2src24 season, and possibly for good.
Players were informed of the decision in a call with the team Monday.
They were told “funding was not there this year. Some things fell through and they’re not going to be able to go ahead with the 2src24 season,” said a source who was on the call and granted anonymity because the decision had not been announced officially.
Jericho Groenland, MLR’s director of marketing, said via email a “full update” would be coming shortly. The Arrows did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Arrows, who joined the league in 2src19, have endured tough times of late. The team finished last in the 12-team league at 1-13-2 after an injury plagued 2src23 season.
The team finished the year on a 13-game losing streak with its lone win coming March 11, a 27-26 decision at the expansion Chicago Hounds. Ravaged by injuries, the Arrows were missing 14 players in their season-ending 26-24 loss to the visiting NOLA Gold on June 17.
Coach Peter Smith left the franchise in July. Bill Webb, the club’s presid
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