The Free Jacks to Host Lansdowne on Saturday, June 1st, at 3:30PM, at the Irish Cultural Centre

  • The New England Free Jacks are set to take on the 2018 All Ireland League Champions, Lansdowne FC in their last match of the 2019 season.
  • The match kicks off at 3:30pm Saturday, June 1st, at the Irish Cultural Centre, 200 New Boston Dr, Canton, MA 02021 in Canton, MA
  • VIP, Reserved, General Admission tickets still available – inquire now for group rates and discounts.

Boston, MA – The New England Free Jacks are preparing for their last game of the 2019 season as the team looks to face a formidable Lansdowne this coming Saturday June 1st, at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, MA.

“We are excited to host another challenging opponent at the Irish Cultural Centre and know it will be a wonderful day of rugby for the whole community,” commented Head Coach Josh Smith. “This Lansdowne team is sure to test us on the field, but if we trust the process and if the boys continue the way we have been these last few weeks I have no doubt their energy, physicality, and the system we have in place will turn pressure into points on gameday.”

The match is the culmination of the New England Free Jack’s exhibition season in which the team hosted the Cara Cup, a celebration of friendship and rugby between the four ‘A’ teams of the Irish Provinces. Connacht, Ulster, Munster and Leinster each ventured to the Boston area to face the Free Jacks and each other.

“Its been an incredible launch to professional rugby in New England and we really think the fans have embraced the Free Jacks as a franchise. Schools, clubs, friends and the whole community have come together to grow the game of rugby in Boston and the New England area,” noted Free Jacks Operations Director, Owen Scannell. “One of our missions at the Free Jacks is to grow the game for everyone and it has been exciting to watch the support for the team grow as fans have led the growth of the game.”

Kickoff is set for 3:30pm for the game between New England and Lansdowne. Prior to the exhibition match, a home opener between Boston Irish Wolfhounds and Lansdowne 2nd team will take place at the Irish Cultural Centre at 2pm. Tickets to the event are available now– inquire with for group rates and discounts.

This will be the last opportunity in 2019 to catch the Free Jacks in action before the New England based team enters Major League Rugby in 2020. To reserve your spot in line to be one of the founding members of the Free Jacks inaugural MLR season, make your season ticket deposit now on the team website. You can guarantee your tickets now with a refundable deposit and ensure you have your spot to catch all the action of the Free Jacks’ inaugural MLR Season!

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New England Free Jacks

Rugby Club New England, aka the Free Jacks, is greater Boston’s 1st Professional Rugby team representing all the greatness of the six New England states on and off the field. The Free Jacks were named the 9th member of Major League Rugby on September 20th and will compete in the 2020 MLR regular season.

For more information on the Free Jacks:

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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 on Major League Rugby

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