Celebrating Andrew Quattrin: A Milestone of Excellence and Service to community

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Celebrating Andrew Quattrin: A Milestone of Excellence and Service to community

On June 8, 2024, Andrew Quattrin celebrated a significant milestone in his rugby career: his 75th Major League Rugby (MLR) cap. This achievement was not just a testament to his skill and dedication on the field but also a reflection of his deep commitment to the communities to which he has made such a meaningful impact during his career to date. In a thrilling match against Old Glory DC, the Canadian International’s outstanding performance earned him Sports Break Player of the Match.

Andrew Quattrin, was born on August 29, 1996, in Holland Landing, Ontario, began his journey to professional rugby at Wilfrid Laurier University. As a student-athlete, Quattrin was a four-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Men’s Rugby All-Star and the first rugby player to be named OUA MVP. 

TRN Live Feed from Maryland, featuring the Player of the Match interview with Andrew Quatrin after the DC vs New England game

After university, Quattrin’s professional career took off when he signed with the Toronto Arrows in 2018. His prowess as a hooker quickly made him a standout player, earning his international debut against the United States in July of 2019. By 2022, he had not only established himself as a formidable force on the field but also earned the inaugural S. Marcus Calloway Community Impact Award for his charitable efforts. The award included a $5,000 donation to his non-profit, Optimism Place, highlighting his dedication to giving back.

Image featuring: Andrew Quatrin (left) and Ben Lesage (Right) Donating socks after the 2024 Free Jacks Sock Drop. 

Since joining the New England Free Jacks, Quattrin has been instrumental in shaping the team’s identity and strengthening its community ties. His leadership extends beyond the pitch, where he has initiated programs like the Operation Sock Drop (a sock collection for those in need) and food drop offs for Veterans in the Quincy area, in collaboration with Roses Bounty food pantry in West Roxbury. These efforts highlight his belief in the power of rugby to make a positive difference to our communities.

In his 75th appearance, Quattrin once again demonstrated his exceptional abilities where the MLR championship winning hooker has become a mainstay for the Free Jacks. Facing a strong Old Glory DC team, the Free Jacks staged a remarkable comeback from a 13-point deficit. Quattrin’s pivotal try at the 63-minute mark was crucial in turning the tide of the game. His quick offload to Jayson Potroz, leading to the final try, showcased his vision and teamwork, sealing a narrow 31-30 victory for the Free Jacks.

Reflecting on the match, Quattrin said, “It was a good team effort, trusting the process, trusting our leaders. They’re a good team, we knew it was going to be physical and we prepared for a big pack. I thought we did well to counter that, especially in the second half.” His words capture the essence of his approach to rugby—relentless teamwork and trust in the collective effort.

Image featuring: Andrew Quattrin

As the Free Jacks prepare for their next challenge against the Utah Warriors, the team and fans alike celebrate Quattrin’s contributions. His 75 caps are a milestone of endurance, skill, and leadership. Beyond the numbers, Andrew Quattrin’s legacy is defined by his impact off the field—his commitment to service and community.

Andrew Quattrin’s journey is a source of inspiration. His achievements remind us that true success in sports transcends personal accolades. It lies in the positive influence athletes can have on their communities and the example they set for future generations. Congratulations, Andrew, on your 75th MLR cap and for being a beacon of excellence and service both on and off the field.

Andrew’s first match at home after this huge milestone will take place this Sunday, Get your tickets HERE to celebrate Andrew Quattrin’s 75th MLR appearance as the Free Jacks battle Utah Warriors on Sunday June 16th at 3:00pm. The match will be broadcast on NBC Sports Boston, FS1, and The Rugby Network.

For more opportunities to engage with the Free Jacks community, stay updated on future Free Jacks matches, festivals, and announcements through the Free Jacks’ news page: www.freejacks.com/news

Written By:

Oliver Gilpin

Director of Brand and Creative @ New England Free Jacks

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