Established in 2018, the Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club is Canada’s first and only professional rugby union team.
Competing in Major League Rugby, the team is equipped to compete against top-tier North American professional club teams, providing emerging Canadian talent with enhanced and more frequent opportunities to hone their skills at an elite level.
The organizational name draws inspiration from the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow: the supersonic interceptor jet aircraft designed and built in the 1950s by A.V. Roe Canada. The Arrow was one of the most advanced aircraft of its era, helping to establish Canada as a world leader in scientific research and development.
The hypersonic fighter was on the cutting edge of mid-century aerospace technology; the Arrow could reach a speed nearly three times the speed of sound, travelling at an altitude of 60,000 feet.
The Avro Arrow was, and continues to be, a source of pride for Canadians. It has come to symbolize both the potential, and the unfulfilled promise, of Canadian innovation.
Credit: Avro Canada/Canada Aviation and Space Museum