Source: Yorkshire Carnegie
In what was clearly the biggest winger signing in Toronto sports this weekend, the Arrows have added Dan Moor to their inaugural season lineup.
Moor proudly boasts that he is a “Native son of the 6ix” on his Instagram (@dan.ag.moor), and the Arrows are happy to welcome him back home. Moor was developed through the Ontario rugby system that GM Mark Winokur would like to utilize as a player development tool to prepare players for the Arrows. Moor was very successful in that system having won the McCormick Cup with Balmy Beach in 2014 and 2015. He was also a key piece of the Ontario Blues dominant reign in the Canadian Rugby Championship winning 4 MacTier Cups in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Winokur was also the GM of that Blues dynasty, and Arrows head coach Chris Silverthorn was a member of the coaching staff. There will be plenty of familiarity between management and Moor. As a result, they will be looking to Moor to take on a leadership role with the team. Winokur stated in the Arrows press release that he believes Moor will be a strong role model for the younger players. The 28-year-old will bring a wealth of experience to the Arrows roster. In addition to his dominate provincial career, Moor has suited up for Queen’s University, Oxford University, Yorkshire Carnegie of the RFU Championship and of course 14 caps for Canada where he has picked up 4 tries.
Moor will join winger Kainoa Lloyd and fullback Theo Sauder to create an elite back 3 in MLR. Having a winger of Lloyd and Moor’s caliber on each side of the field will provide the Arrows with plenty of attacking options. Sauder will also be able to jump into any offensive play where needed and provide the Arrows with a constant counter-attacking threat. Sauder’s chemistry with DTH van der Merwe at the Repechage Tournament showed how effective he can be at setting up his wingers for tries, and if that continues, Moor and Lloyd will be crossing the whitewash frequently. Chemistry with each other won’t be hard to establish either, as Moor and Lloyd have played with each other on the Ontario Blues, and Lloyd and Sauder were both on the Canadian team for the Repechage Tournament (Moor actually suited up for the tune-up game against Oxford but was not at the tournament). Having played with each other before should help them gel as a unit quickly and allow them to be the go-to offensive threats for the Arrows.
Moor brings the Toronto Arrows roster to 21 players. The current roster is as follows:
Props: Rob Brouwer, Keith Cole, Morgan Mitchell, Mike Smith
Hookers: Steven Ng Locks: Paul Ciulini, Josh Van Horne, Tom Van Horne,
Back Row: Peter Milazzo, Lucas Rumball
Backs: Jack Evans, Andrew Ferguson, Spencer Jones, Kainoa Lloyd, Jamie Mackenzie, Sam Malcolm, Aaron McLelland, Gaston Mieres, Dan Moor, Theo Sauder, Shawn Windsor