Toronto Arrows move south of the border to start MLR season in Atlanta area

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TORONTO — The Toronto Arrows are moving south to start the 2021 Major League Rugby season.

MLR announced Wednesday that Arrows will share facilities with Rugby ATL in Marietta, Ga., because of pandemic-related border restrictions. The Atlanta franchise plays at Life University's Lupo Field, some 35 kilometres northwest of the city.

The San Diego Legion had previously announced they will play their home games in Las Vegas because of the COVID-19 situation in California.

The Arrows said they do not know how long they will have to play south of the border.

MLR also released a revised schedule Wednesday, due to the decision by the expansion Dallas Jackals to put off play until 2022.

Opening day for the league's fourth season remains March 20. The Arrows won't have far to go — they open against Rugby ATL.

The season will feature 12 teams competing over 18 weeks in a two-conference balanced schedule. The top two seeds from each conference will qualify for the post-season with the championship game scheduled for Aug. 1.


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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 3, 2021

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press