Brampton’s Mike Sheppard set to win 50th cap for Arrows


Published March 17, 2023 at 12:51 pm

New Zealand's Ben Smith attempts to evade the tackle of Canada's Tyler Ardron, right, and Mike Sheppard, left, during the Rugby World Cup Pool B game at Oita Stadium between New Zealand and Canada in Oita, Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Brampton’s Mike Sheppard is set to make his 50th appearance for the Toronto Arrows on Saturday when the Major League Rugby team visits Old Glory D.C.

Sheppard, the club’s vice-captain who has come off the bench in the first three games of the season, will become the second Arrow to hit the 50-appearance milestone with the club, tying Paul Ciulini for the franchise record.

The 33-year-old veteran forward slots into the second row in coach Peter Smith’s starting lineup.

Fabian Goodall replaces Avery Oitomen on the wing for the Arrows, who recorded their first win of the season last Saturday with New Zealand fly half Sam Malcolm accounting for all the points in a 27-26 victory over the expansion Chicago Hounds.

Malcolm is poised to earn his 40th cap Saturday, becoming the sixth Arrow to do so.

Toronto (1-2-0. five points) is bottom of the six-team Eastern Conference while Old Glory (1-2-0, seven points) is fourth. Toronto is 4-1-0 all-time against the Washington, D.C., team including 2-0 at Segra Field.

The Arrows are playing the first six games on the season on the road before hosting the defending champion New York Ironworkers on April 8 at York Lions Stadium.

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