EORU Player Spotlight: Steven Ng

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Chan

Recently, EORU Communications caught up with Steven Ng, a player for Ontario’s first professional team, the Toronto Arrows, in Major League Rugby – North America’s only professional rugby union competition. We asked him a few questions on his experience in the Arrows’ inaugural season.

Age: 21

First Year in Rugby: 2010

Rugby Club/Team Affiliations: Longfields Davidson Heights Club (High School), Barrhaven Scottish, Capilano RFC, Waimea Old Boys, James Bay AA RFC Provincial, EORU 15s and 7s U16-U18, Voyageurs U19, Rugby Canada U18/U20/Senior Men, Toronto Arrows

Preferred/Current Position: Hooker

How did you get into rugby?
I remember being in grade 8 and a teacher, Mr. Hayes, started the schools first flag rugby team. That was when I got introduced to Barrhaven Scottish from Brian Lyall. From there I just began to love it and still do till this day!

Overall, how was your inaugural season with the Toronto Arrows?
The season was great! I learnt so much, and I also got to meet tons of new people. It’s funny because I played along side players I’ve looked up to when I was 14 years old! It is also cool being able to fly all over the USA and explore new places. Also as a first year team, we made it into the semi finals, which was very exciting and memorable. 

What does a typical week with the Toronto Arrows look like?
A normal week for us would be training Monday, with weights in the afternoon and rugby in the evening, training Tuesday with same schedule as Monday, Wednesday off, Thursday would be same schedule as Monday, then Friday would be a travel day or off day with a game on Saturday or Sunday. When we played our games at home the schedule would change to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday with Monday and Friday off, and Saturday captains run and game Sunday! We always had a very full schedule but being around a good group of guys always made it enjoyable.

What is your most enjoyable memory from this past season with the Arrows?
There have been tons of memorable moments, but to say a few would be when I scored my very first try and the game winning try against San Diego at a home game which made it all the more memorable. Another one would be making the semi-finals with the team, throughout the whole week of preparation and the pre-game talks and half-time talks, it was just the most intense environment I’ve ever been in for rugby.