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The Independents are the official senior development squads for the New England Free Jacks MLR team as well as the USA Rugby National Teams (Men and Women) as part of the Free Jacks key participation in the USA Rugby National Development Program

 

Both the Men’s and Women’s Independents, as well as the U23s, are selected from the best players in and connected to rugby in New England through performances in the club and collegiate competitions, as well as through skill development and performance testing in the Free Jacks Academy Regional Training Groups

The Independents logo is the Free Jacks fist of freedom carrying the Forster Flag. Upon finding a Colonial flag that featured a Union Jack, Revolutionaries would tear the British Jack from the flag and fashion 13 white stripes with the material, six on one side, seven on the other. 13 and 6 are important numbers to the Free Jacks, as there are 13 Academy regions and 6 states of New England. 

The Forster Flag was carried by the Men of Manchester Militia during the battle of Lexington during the American Revolution. It is the only known surviving patriot flag that was made in this way. Literally symbolising Freedom from the Union Jack.

Team Colors: Blue & Red

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Schedule

Date Team Opponent Location Time Score Result
1/14/2023 Independents Blue Tri State Foundry Aveva Stadium, Houston 9.00AM 3-10 L
1/14/2023 Independents White Southeast Bears Aveva Stadium, Houston 9.00am 12-19 L
1/14/2023 Independents Red Midwest Barbarians Aveva Stadium, Houston 10.00am 16-6 W
1/14/2023 Independents White Pac Coast Grizzlies Aveva Stadium, Houston 11.00am 3-19 L
1/14/2023 Independents Red Mid Atlantic Sharks Aveva Stadium, Houston 12.00pm 17-7 W
1/14/2023 Independents White Tri State Foundry Aveva Stadium, Houston 2.15pm 5-10 L
1/15/2023 Independents Blue Midwest Barbarians Aveva Stadium, Houston 3.15pm 12-7 W
1/14/2023 Independents Red Great Lakes Thunderbirds Aveva Stadium, Houston 3.15pm 9-22 L
1/15/2023 Independents Red Southeast Bears Aveva Stadium, Houston 9.00am 15-12 W
1/15/2023 Independents Red Southeast Bears Aveva Stadium, Houston 9.00am 15-12 W
1/15/2023 Independents White Midwest Barbarians Aveva Stadium, Houston 9.00am 15-12 W
1/15/2023 Independents Blue Great Lakes Thunderbirds Aveva Stadium, Houston 10.30am 3-17 L
1/15/2023 Independents Blue Southeast Bears Aveva Stadium, Houston 12.30pm 5-19 L
1/15/2023 Independents Red Independents White Aveva Stadium, Houston 1.00pm 12-3 W
1/15/2023 Independents White Great Lakes Thunderbirds Aveva Stadium, Houston 3.45pm 17-12 W
1/15/2023 Independents Red Pac Coast Grizzlies Aveva Stadium, Houston 4.00pm 28-0 W
5/21/2023 Independents – U23 Men Mystic River Veterans Memorial Stadium 10.00am 43-22 W
5/28/2023 Independents – U23 Men Blue Independents U23 Red Veterans Memorial Stadium 1.15pm 41-22 W to Blue
6/4/2023 Independents – U23 Men New York Academy Sacred Heart Greenwich 11.45am 45-36 W
6/10/2023 Independents – U23 Men New York Academy Pine Banks Malden 12.30pm 49-45 W
6/22/2023 Junior Jacks Boys Houston Academy Veterans Memorial Stadium 1.00pm 12-29 L
6/22/2023 Junior Jacks Boys MYRO Lions Veterans Memorial Stadium 4.45pm 24-0 W
6/23/2023 Junior Jacks Boys Florida Jaguares Veterans Memorial Stadium 2.15pm 0-19 L
6/23/2023 Independents U23 Women Central South Mustangs Des Moines Rugby Club 11.30am 102-5 W
6/24/2023 Junior Jacks Boys New York Academy Veterans Memorial Stadium 1.00pm 21-19 W
6/25/2023 Independents U23 Women Rocky Mountain Peaks Des Moines Rugby Club 11.00am 10-72 L

*All times ET

 

 

News

Free Jacks Announce First Competition Dates for U23 Independents Academy Program

The U23 Independents Team Will Compete Against Rugby United New York in a Home and Away Series This Spring Free Jacks to Hold Selection Days on May 1 & May 2 Boston, MA – April 23 – The New England Free Jacks today announced the first competition fixtures for the...

Tryouts

Trials are run through the Free Jacks Academy Tracking Days that take place throughout the year in each of the Free Jacks Regional Training Groups. Please reach out to Academy@FreeJacks.com for more information.

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