Toronto Arrows add size, experience in New Zealand forward Micaiah Torrance-Read

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TORONTO — The Toronto Arrows added size and experience Thursday, signing New Zealand forward Micaiah Torrance-Read for the 2023 Major League Rugby season.

The six-foot-five, 250-pound lock is currently in his third season with Manawatu, having made 25 appearances (22 starts) for the Turbos in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship (NPC) since 2020.

“Micaiah is a big, straightforward lock who does the type of work we are looking for and is a total pro in his approach to the game,” Arrows general manager Mark Winokur said in a statement. “We are very excited to welcome him to Toronto and see the dynamic he can inject into our forward pack.”

The 27-year-old Torrance-Read, whose first name is pronounced mih-KAI-uh, is a certified contractor when not playing rugby.

“I’m really looking forward to playing my rugby in Toronto,” said Torrance-Read. “From everything I’ve heard about the Arrows, the standout is that there’s a great culture within the club, and I’m big on team culture. There’s a great bunch of lads there, and I’m pretty keen to get involved and stuck in.

“I’m excited for just about everything that comes with becoming an Arrow — travelling to North America for the first time, experiencing the sights, taking in a proper Canadian winter, playing good footy, working hard, and hopefully winning a title.”

Torrance-Read spent five seasons in the Taranaki system prior to joining Manawatu. He has also played for Massey University.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 9, 2022

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