Harrison Boyle: Born In Boston, Playing For The Free Jacks

Harrison Boyle: Born In Boston, Playing For The Free Jacks

By Joe Harvey “Once mum [Louise] got over here, she found out she was pregnant, which at the time I don’t think she was too happy about,” Harrison Boyle laughs when asked the reason he was born in Boston. With his father, Brendan, completing a postgraduate degree in...
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...
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