Quincy, MA — November 9, 2022 — The New England Free Jacks are excited to announce the signing of promising young back rower Ethan Fryer.
The 6 ‘1” ft, 215 lbs flanker, an Issaquah, WA native started his career playing for the Eastside Lions in Washington State, where his excellent play earned him a call-up to the USA’s u18 High School All-American 7s side.
Fryer, a Canadian eligible through his father, has also represented the Canadian u18’s, with whom he toured in 2019, before landing in the prestigious Canadian rugby academy Pacific Pride, based out of British Columbia.
After a couple of stints abroad at prestigious academies in both Ireland (Naas RFC) and New Zealand (Inside Running), Fryer signed with the Free Jacks for the 22’ season as a development player. Following impressive showings with the Free Jacks Independents against the Arrows and Rugby New York’s academies, Ethan got his call-up to the senior team, making his MLR debut at Toronto on May 19th.
Last summer he also earned a call-up with Canada’s u20’s side, where he played in an invitational tournament against Uruguay, Chile and Zimbabwe. The Free Jacks are expecting a huge leap and big contributions from the 20-year-old in 2023, his first full season with the squad.
Ethan is a fast, dynamic, aggressive and hard-working loose forward whose high-motor makes him dangerous both at breakdowns and as a ball-carrier on the edge.
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