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Toronto-Rugby ATL Expand Their Rivalry With The Fire & Ice Cup


The COVID pandemic created some unique challenges for MLR. One of those was the US-Canadian border situation. With the closure of the border, Toronto Arrows owner Bill Webb reached out to Atlanta owner Marcus Calloway to see if they could relocate to Atlanta for the 2021 MLR season. Calloway said yes and the Rugby ATL community has welcomed the Arrows with open arms. Calloway has ensured Toronto has everything they need, from training facilities to medical care and nutrition, to be as comfortable as possible far away from home.

"We compete on the pitch for 80 minutes, but at the end of the day rugby is a fellowship, a brother and sisterhood that brings us together to support the greater good of the sport," said Scott Lawrence, Rugby ATL General Manager, and Head Coach.  "It's been our pleasure to host the Arrows and we're grateful for the opportunity to live the rugby ethos that binds our community."

“The Fire and Ice Cup is a fantastic way to commemorate an unprecedented year for our two clubs,” said Chris Silverthorn, Toronto Arrows Director of Rugby.  “We’re grateful for Rugby ATL opening their doors for us and giving us a sense of ‘home’ in this nomadic year of ours, displaying the unity of our sport. This Cup will not only add to our growing rivalry with Atlanta but will also serve as a reminder of how two clubs could come together to overcome challenges under an incredibly difficult set of circumstances.”

The Fire and Ice Cup will begin a rivalry between the two teams that represents not animosity but how rugby drives unity and sportsmanship in the community.

The teams will play for the Cup each year and it will travel with the winning franchise. The Cup can only be won in the home stadium of the previous year's winner. The inaugural Fire & Ice Cup match is this Saturday, May 8th in a joint home match between the squads.

~Joshua Fredlund