New Zealand prop Isaac Salmon returns for second season with the Toronto Arrows

TORONTO — Prop Isaac Salmon has re-signed with the Toronto Arrows for the 2023 Major League Rugby season.

The 26-year-old from New Zealand was named the Arrows forward of the year in his debut 2022 season with the team. The five-foot-eleven, 255-pounder played in 16 matches, including 12 starts, collecting 518 carry metres on 79 carries with one try.

“Isaac is a no-nonsense pro at prop who leads by example and gives us a direct approach that we need lots of," Arrows COO and GM Mark Winokur said in a statement. "He is great in the room and off the field, and we are really happy to have him back."

Salmon joined the Arrows from Tasman Mako of New Zealand's National Provincial Championship. He also played for the Nelson-based club over the MLR off-season.

A native of Christchurch, Salmon played his grassroots rugby with Nelson on the Tasman club circuit.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 8, 2022.

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