Toronto Wolfpack sign Canada captain Rhys Jacks and Blake Wallace
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 03/08/16 10:15am
Canada captain Rhys Jacks and Australian half-back Blake Wallace are the latest signings for Toronto Wolfpack ahead of their entry into Kingstone Press League 1 in 2017.
Jacks was born in Australia but qualifies for Canada through his grandfather - he led them in the World Cup qualifiers in Florida last year. He had trials with Championship clubs Bradford and Sheffield Eagles this season.
Toronto head coach Paul Rowley said: "He has a very good skill set that enables him to be equally comfortable in the halves or hooker.
"Rhys was important to us not only for his talent, but for the passion and pride in his Canadian roots."
Jacks said: "The opportunity to be a part of Canada's first professional team is very exciting. I know it will drive me to continue developing as a player."
Wallace is currently playing for New South Wales Cup team Illawarra Cutters, the reserve side for St George Illawarra Dragons.
Rowley said: "Blake has been performing consistently well for Illawarra Cutters and pushing hard for a place in the NRL with the Dragons.
"He is a fantastic athlete and brave competitor who can be destructive in several different positions."
They take the number of confirmed recruits assembled by Rowley and director of rugby Brian Noble to six following Toronto's signing of Warrington duo James Laithwaite and Gary Wheeler, Wakefield outside back Craig Hall and Leigh winger Liam Kay.