Quincy, MA — October 12, 2022 — The New England Free Jacks are excited to announce the signing of New Zealand back-rower Mitch Jacobson. 

The 26-year-old Cambridge, New Zealand native will bring a wealth of experience from his time in the NPC and Super Rugby competitions as well as a dogged style of play and team-first attitude. A regular fixture of the Waikato Rugby Union since only 19 years of age, Jacobson has been a standout due to his nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic and leadership ability. 

“The Jacobson surname is a famous one in New Zealand and Mitch has led by example at every level of the game,” commented General Manager Tom Kindley, “Having represented NZ Schools in 2014, Mitch went on to spend 3 years with NZ U20’s and has become a pivotal leader for the Waikato union, captaining the side regularly. Mitch has spent a lot of time in the Chiefs and Sunwolves Super Rugby environments and coming off a strong campaign with Waikato, will bring huge leadership, experience and the highly valued work-rate and relentlessness that New England fans have come to love from our back rowers.” 

“I’m most excited about experiencing a new culture and playing environment as this will be my first time living and playing in the US,” commented Jacobson. “I hope to be able to contribute to the team both on and off the field and push for a maiden MLR title for the Free Jacks.” 

Off the pitch, Mitch enjoys golfing and is excited to explore the city of Boston. 


About New England Free Jacks: The Free Jacks are an aspiring and innovative live events, media, and consumer products organization. The core brand in the portfolio is The New England Free Jacks, the humble hard-working free-spirited professional rugby team competing in the emergent and exhilarating Major League Rugby (MLR), the premier North American professional rugby competition. For more information, please visit www.FreeJacks.com.

About Major League Rugby: Major League Rugby is a professional sports league, entering its fifth season and represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2021, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, among other national and local market platforms. Select matches are available to stream live in North America on The Rugby Network, and all matches are available on The Rugby Network for international fans. MLR prides itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition, while bringing together a passionate community built on the values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit www.MajorLeague.Rugby

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