New England Free Jacks

The New England Free Jacks are a professional rugby union team in Major League Rugby (MLR) from Boston, Massachusetts. They were announced in September 2018 and began to compete professionally in October 2018.[1] They will begin competing in MLR in the 2020 season.

New England Free Jacks
Founded2018
LocationBoston, Massachusetts
Ground(s)Union Point Sports Complex
CEOAlex Magleby
Coach(es)Josh Smith
Captain(s)Tadhg Leader
League(s)Major League Rugby
Official website
www.thefreejacks.com

History

On September 21, 2018, Major League Rugby announced that Boston would be one of the expansion teams joining the league for the 2020 season.[2] That same day, the Boston club was announced as the New England Free Jacks through social media. Their first match was on October 20, 2018, against the Ontario Arrows at Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Sponsorship

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018 Canterbury None
2018–2019 Boathouse
2020-present Paladin Sports

Roster

Squad for 2020 Major League Rugby Season:[3]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Diego Maquieira Hooker United States
Steven Hinshaw Hooker United States
Sean McNulty Hooker Ireland
Simon Courcoul Prop France
Quentin Newcomer Prop United States
Anthony Purpura Prop United States
Kensuke Hatakeyama Prop Japan
Tolu Fahamokioa Prop Tonga
Isaac Cavu Prop Fiji
Jackson Thiebes Lock United States
Conor Kindregan Lock Ireland
Ronan McCusker Lock Ireland
Josh Larsen Lock Canada
Owen Hundt Flanker United States
Evan Guist Flanker United States
Naulia Dawai Flanker Fiji
Jon Kokinda Flanker United States
Pago Haini Number 8 United States
Brad Hemopo Number 8 New Zealand
Player Position Union
Erik Thompson Scrum-half United States
John Poland Scrum-half Ireland
Oliver Engelhart Scrum-half Hong Kong
Tadhg Leader (c) Fly-half United States
Timothée Guillimin Fly-half France
Ahmad Harajly Centre United States
Peter Lupton Centre Wales
Sam Beard Centre New Zealand
Beaudein Waaka Centre New Zealand
Steve Dazzo Wing United States
Christian Adams Wing United States
Liam Steel Wing New Zealand
Poasa Waqanibau Wing Fiji
Mitch Wilson Wing United States
Danny Collins Fullback United States
Piceli Rinakama Fullback Fiji
  • Senior 15's and senior 7's internationally capped players in bold
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten (10) overseas players per match who are not qualified to play for the USA or Canadian national teams.

2019 season

All games in the 2019 season are exhibition games and do not count in the league standings.

DateOpponentHome/AwayLocationResult
October 20, 2018Ontario ArrowsAwayWanderers GroundsLost, 14–40
December 1, 2018Rugby United New YorkHomeUnion Point Sports ComplexLost, 35–38
February 9, 2019Utah WarriorsAwayZions Bank Training CenterLost, 15-70
March 16, 2019Connacht A[4]HomeUnion Point Sports ComplexLost, 7–38
March 24, 2019Ulster A[4]HomeUnion Point Sports ComplexLost, 15-43
April 6, 2019Munster A[4]HomeIrish Cultural Centre GAA FieldLost, 19-38
April 14, 2019Leinster A[4]HomeHarvard Mignone FieldLost, 12-55
May 18, 2019Toronto ArrowsHomeBrophy Field at Dartmouth’s
Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse
Postponed
June 1, 2019Lansdowne F.C.HomeIrish Cultural Centre GAA FieldWon, 46-29

2020 season

Regular season

DateOpponentHome/AwayLocationResult
February 8Rugby United New YorkHomeLas Vegas Ballpark
February 15Utah WarriorsAwayLas Vegas Ballpark
February 23San Diego LegionAwayTorero Stadium
February 29Seattle SeawolvesAwayStarfire Sports
March 7NOLA GoldAwayThe Gold Mine
March 14Houston SaberCatsHomeUnion Point Sports Complex
March 22Rugby ATLAwayLife University Running Eagles Stadium
April 5Colorado RaptorsHomeUnion Point Sports Complex
April 10Toronto ArrowsAwayTBD
April 18Old Glory DCHomeUnion Point Sports Complex
April 25NOLA GoldHomeUnion Point Sports Complex
May 1Rugby United New YorkAwayMCU Park
May 9Austin HerdHomeUnion Point Sports Complex
May 16Toronto ArrowsHomeUnion Point Sports Complex
May 24Old Glory DCAwayCardinal Stadium
May 30Rugby ATLHomeUnion Point Sports Complex

References

  1. "New England Free Jacks Roster Announced". The Runner Sports. 2018-10-19. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  2. "Major League Rugby confirms Boston and Atlanta for 2020 - Americas Rugby News". Americasrugbynews.com. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  3. “2020 New England Freejacks Squad” 1/8/19
  4. "Free Jacks To Host Irish Provincial 'A' Sides". Thisisamericanrugby.com. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
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