Rugby Comes To New Zealand – Part 1

Rugby Comes To New Zealand – Part 1

by Allyn Freeman Let’s add one new word to a famous, historical quote, “The United Kingdom is the empire on which the rugby sun never set.” At one point in the 19th century, Great Britain, its possessions and colonies, controlled twenty-five percent...
Rugby Transition: 1906 – Part Ii

Rugby Transition: 1906 – Part Ii

by Allyn Freeman It will be informative to narrate the many intents, regional, athletic, and practical that resurrected rugby union at a few American colleges, albeit for a short time (1906 to 1914), and only on the West Coast. Violence and commercialism represented...
Jack Reeves: I Don’t Think We Are Ever Satisfied As A Team

Jack Reeves: I Don’t Think We Are Ever Satisfied As A Team

By Joe Harvey When it was announced that Jack Reeves would be joining the New England Free Jacks on a two-year loan basis from English Premiership side, Gloucester, it was clear that a player of immense quality was making his way to Quincy, Massachusetts. An England...
Rugby Returns, 1906 – Part I

Rugby Returns, 1906 – Part I

by Allyn Freeman After the public uproar involving gridiron death and injury in 1905, colleges had two options; play football under the legitimately sanctioned new rules or abandon the sport. A few schools chose the latter, including, Columbia University, one of the...
Kyle Ciquera: One Of One

Kyle Ciquera: One Of One

By Joe Harvey Kyle Ciquera is unique in every sense of the word. That is quite possibly another reason the #1 jersey suits him so well on the rugby field. Since 2019 the 24-year-old has been a staple of the New England Free Jacks, flying down from St Bonaventure...
John Poland: ‘I Would Love To Play In A Playoff Game’

John Poland: ‘I Would Love To Play In A Playoff Game’

By Joe Harvey “Mike Rogers told us that he was walking to the parking lot before the first game and some guy asked if we were playing New York this week, Mike said we were and the other guy just said, ‘you better beat them’,” John Poland laughed. “That was it. This...
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