Quincy, MA — October 14, 2022 — The New England Free Jacks are excited to announce the return of local fan-favorite Cameron Davidowicz for the 2023 season, as he enters the second of an initial two-year deal with the club.
The 25-year-old Haverhill, MA resident and farmer is a success story of the local rugby development system. Cam picked up the game playing alongside his brother for the Essex County Bulldogs in high school. The pair next moved on to play for Plymouth State and Mystic River Rugby Club. In subsequent years, Davidowicz was regularly involved in Free Jacks development programs and the wider training squad before earning a full contract ahead of the 2022 season.
After impressive cameos as a reserve early in the 2022 season, Cam was handed his first start in a top of the table clash against Austin in Round 7. The match proved a pivotal one in the trajectory of the Free Jacks season, with Cam demonstrating his ability to contribute to an already highly-talented corps of back row forwards. Upon return to Free Jacks’ home turf at Veterans Memorial for a Round 9 fixture against New Orleans, Cam started his first professional game on home soil with nearly 100 supporters from Haverhill in the stands, traveling down via bus, who would make the trek for each of his subsequent appearances and play a major role in making Veterans Memorial Stadium one of the best atmospheres in the competition.
“Cam is paving the way for home-grown New England rugby players. Coming into 2022 he was on the outside looking in,” commented General Manager Tom Kindley. “This quickly changed as impressive performances during the 2021 American Rugby Premiership, team-leading pre-season testing, and consistency of performance led to Cam making 15 appearances during the 2022 MLR season and becoming an instrumental part of the team’s success. Cam has taken his attention to detail, brutality in contact and physical attributes to another level and we look forward to seeing him challenge for a starting jersey heading into 2023”
“I’m really excited to keep working hard and building my game heading into this season,” commented Davidowicz. “I know I have a lot more to give, and my goal is to help us bring home a title in front of all our supporters.”
Off the pitch, Cam spends most of his time working on his family’s farm, hunting, and fishing for stripers and tuna out of Gloucester, MA.
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