QUINCY, MA – The New England Free Jacks are incredibly excited to announce the addition of their Official Hard Cider Partner, Stormalong Cider. Free Jacks fans from all over New England will be able to enjoy some of Stormalong’s Ciders at each Free Jacks match festival and fan fest at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“This partnership hits home for me more than any of our others,” said Free Jacks Director of Corporate Partnership, Tim Torigian. “Stormalong is based in my hometown and their store is located less than a mile from where I grew up. Cider is a major part of Sherborn’s history that I’m excited to share with rugby fans everywhere.”

Stormalong Cider is committed to quality and taste and has always set out to make delicious cider with the best locally sourced whole apples and ingredients. A great amount of time and consideration goes into each blend to create the greatest drinking experience for each consumer. Stormalong is a sensational addition to the Free Jacks offerings and aligns perfectly with one of rugby’s core values, respect, whether it be for one another on the pitch or in their case, for the apples they use in their ciders. 

“Rugby and cider share a lot of history and ties to Europe, with both originating in England and gaining popularity in America,” said Shannon Edgar, founder of Stormalong Cider. “In the United States, a cider ‘renaissance’ kicked off in 2012 and has grown steadily ever since. It seems American Rugby has followed a similar path and timeline relative to sports in the United States, so when the opportunity to partner with the New England Free Jacks came our way it was a no brainer. Both cider and rugby have a passionate group of fans that are growing in numbers every year and we’re excited to bring these fans together through this partnership.” 

The New England-based professional rugby team will play its home opener at their new home venue, Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, Massachusetts, on March 12th against the Toronto Arrows in a Saint Patrick’s Day Festival. The Free Jacks will host 8 home matches through the 2022 season and fans can purchase Stormalong Cider at any of the bars located throughout the stadium.


About Stormalong Cider:  Stormalong Cider, founded in 2014, is a Massachusetts-based craft cider company producing a wide range of ciders focused on apple quality and character. Using a blend of culinary and rare heirloom varieties, Stormalong ferments and ages its ciders with traditional and modern techniques showcasing the unique characteristics of these diverse apples. Fascinated and inspired by America’s robust hard cider lineage, Stormalong aims to showcase the diversity, flavor and quality of cider made with the right apples. For more information visit www.stormalong.com or follow Stormalong on Instagram @stormalongcider.

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 www.FreeJacks.com.

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 https://www.majorleague.rugby/.

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