Free Jacks invite all players to advance their game with 1-on-1 and small group sessions

Free Jacks Ramp Up to Rugby program will take place virtually while preparing for safe on-field sessions in the coming weeks and months

BOSTON, Massachusetts – Free Jacks are excited to announce Ramp Up to Rugby—1-on-1 and small group learning opportunities aimed at connecting grassroots to performance players directly with Free Jacks professionals and our rapidly growing community of like-spirited learners.

Players can join current leaders of the game in clinics on a range of core skills and rugby intelligence. This month, participants can select courses on skills including passing and distribution with Free Jacks center Sam Beard, technical and tactical kicking with USA Eagle Tadhg Leader, lineout masterclass with Canadian engine room driver Josh Larsen, scrum technique with USA stalwart Anthony Purpura, and / or the game of rugby sevens with USA Eagle and Olympic hopeful, Kristi Kirshe.

“We have a unique opportunity today to connect directly with and be accessible to players across the world really. We are excited to provide a platform for aspiring players in New England to push the level of their game and work on their individual skills with quality feedback throughout,” explains Free Jacks flyhalf and Academy coach, Tadhg Leader. “Ramp Up to Rugby provides participants hands-on learning with coaches at the Free Jacks and gives players a look at the way we see the game in a personal environment. As I learn you learn.”

The Ramp Up to Rugby program builds on the ongoing Academy programs that have aimed to grow the game of rugby through virtual coaching during the current environment. Free Jacks Coaching Webinars, Learn to Play Programs, and the Individualized Development Programs have connected Free Jacks players and coaches with over 500 academy participants to date, in more than 10 countries, and in most of the US states and Canadian providences, and the Free Jacks are excited to see that engagement in the sport continue to grow, especially here in our 6 great New England states.

“Just like all those Free Jacks out there that supported us throughout this inaugural season, we have been overwhelmed with engagement from across the area and the country with players, coaches, and students of our great game looking to develop their skills,” said Anthony Purpura, Free Jacks player, coach and Haverhill, Mass, native. “Rugby is such a powerful tool to build strong character mentally, and simultaneously stay physically active. Values such as teamwork, discipline, respect, integrity, passion, solidarity, humility and mental toughness are ingrained in the sport. This is our platform to share these values while developing the next group of players that will push rugby in New England forward.”

Ramp Up to Rugby kicks off this week, Wednesday June 3rd, with participants being able to register for daily events with Free Jacks players and coaches.

A full calendar of events and coaching sessions is available at Those interested can register for an event virtually or learn more about upcoming in person events as soon as we are able to connect on the field.


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