Quincy, MA — December 12, 2022 — The New England Free Jacks are excited to announce the signing of Canadian center Spencer Jones.
The 6’1”, 215 lbs Canadian international will join the Free Jacks in what will be his fifth season in the MLR after spending his first four north of the border with the Toronto Arrows. Born in Vancouver, BC, Jones and his family eventually moved to Cambridge, New Zealand, where Jones honed his rugby skills at the grassroots level with Cambridge High School and Hamilton Old Boys. The 25-year-old also played at a senior level for Hautapu, the University of Waikato and Waikato U19’s. After moving back to his native Canada and starring for Westshore in British Columbia, Jones was recruited to join the Toronto Arrows for their inaugural season in the MLR in 2019.
For the next four seasons, Jones became a staple in the Arrows midfield and one of their standout players, which earned him a call-up to the Canadian squad in 2021 for the World Cup qualifiers.
He made his international debut against the USA in September 2021 and was named the man of the match. He’s won 6 more caps with the Maple Leafs since.
“Jones is a hard-running center and a defensive stalwart,” commented General Manager Tom Kindley. “A versatile player who’s played games at both center positions, fly-half and full-back. He possesses good vision, a sharp passing game and has a powerful boot.”
Outside of rugby, Jones enjoys surfing, mountain biking, and snowboarding.
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