Toronto Arrows sign former Bristol Bears forward Mitch Eadie for 2023 MLR season

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TORONTO — The Toronto Arrows have signed former Bristol Bears forward Mitch Eadie for the 2023 Major League Rugby season.

The 30-year-old back-rower made more than than 150 appearances for his hometown club across two stints between 2010 and 2022, helping Bristol secure promotion to England's top-flight in 2016 after seven years in the second-tier Championship.

“Mitch is one of the most popular players in Bristol history and has established himself as a top-shelf Premiership player,” Arrows COO and GM Mark Winokur said in a statement. “To have someone like Mitch in our environment is a big plus … Mitch will bring an edge to our pack and our dressing room, and we are delighted to be welcoming him to Toronto.”

The six-foot-three, 240-pounder also spent three seasons with the Northampton Saints between 2017 and 2020, and won Scotland honours at the under-20 level.

“I can’t wait to get started with the Arrows,” Eadie said. “With the way the sport has grown in North America over the past few years, this is the perfect opportunity for a new challenge with an ambitious team that’s on the rise, and for me to step out of my comfort zone a little bit.”


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2022

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