NESN Slate Begins Saturday, March 20 and Brings Free Jacks Rugby to Millions of New England Homes

BOSTON, MA – Feb 16, 2021 – The New England Free Jacks and New England Sports Network (NESN) announced a partnership to carry New England Free Jacks of Major League Rugby for the 2021 season. The Free Jacks’ partnership with NESN continues the relationship that began during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 MLR season.

“NESN is the region’s top-rated regional sports network and sports fans in New England are well conditioned to turn to NESN for the best live sports,” said Free Jacks Co-founder and CEO Alex Magleby. “NESN’s linear and digital reach offers a significant platform to grow fan interest and awareness in rugby and the Free Jacks.”

NESN and NESN+ are available throughout New England and all of NESN’s programming is available to watch on or the NESN App via authenticated TV provider. For a complete channel listing in your area, click here.

The full schedule Free Jacks matches can be found below with broadcast details to be released shortly:

Week 1Saturday, March 208:30 p.m.@ LA Giltinis
Week 2Saturday, March 278:00 p.m.@ Houston SaberCats
Week 3Saturday, April 34:00 p.m.vs. Utah Warriors
Bye Week
Week 5Saturday, April 174:00 p.m.@ NOLA Gold
Week 6Sunday, April 251:00 p.m.@ Old Glory D.C. Rugby
Week 7Saturday, May 17:00 p.m.@ San Diego Legion
Week 8Saturday, May 84:00 p.m.vs. Austin Gilgronis
Week 9Saturday, May 158:00 p.m.@ Rugby Atlanta
Week 10Sunday, May 232:00 p.m.@ Rugby United New York
Week 11Saturday, May 294:00 p.m.vs. Toronto Arrows
Week 12Sunday, June 64:00 p.m.vs. Old Glory D.C. Rugby
Week 13Sunday, June 135:00 p.m.vs. Seattle Seawolves
Bye Week
Week 15Sunday, June 274:00 p.m.vs. NOLA Gold
Week 16Saturday, July 34:00 p.m.vs. Rugby United New York
Week 17Sunday, July 1112:00 p.m.@ Toronto Arrows
Week 18Sunday, July 184:00 p.m.vs. Rugby Atlanta

About NESN: NESN is consistently one of the top-rated regional sports networks in the country with award-winning Red Sox and Bruins coverage. NESN and NESNplus are delivered throughout the six-state New England region and are available on the NESN app and at The network is also distributed nationally as NESN National. is one of the country’s most visited sports websites with a state-of-the-art 4K HDR studio dedicated to digital video productions. NESN’s social responsibility program, NESN Connects, is proud to support and connect its employees with charitable organizations in our communities. NESN is owned by Fenway Sports Group (owners of the Boston Red Sox) and Delaware North (owners of the Boston Bruins).

About New England Free Jacks: The Free Jacks are an aspiring and innovative live events, media, and consumer products organization. The core brand in the portfolio is The New England Free Jacks, the humble hard-working free-spirited professional rugby team competing in the emergent and exhilarating Major League Rugby (MLR), the premier North American professional rugby competition. For more information, please visit

Major League Rugby: Major League Rugby (MLR) is a professional rugby league, launched in April 2018. It is an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels—as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes. For more information please visit


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