BOSTON—February 06, 2020—The Free Jacks today announced Somers Pubs as the Official Boston Premier Pub Partner of the New England based Major League Rugby (MLR) Franchise as the team enters their Inaugural 2020 Season in the national professional competition. Located in the heart of Boston and the South Shore, globally renowned Somers Pubs will serve as the official host of Free Jacks parties with the aim of bringing the community together to celebrate the New England Free Jacks and their historic season ahead.

Beginning Sunday at Hennessy’s downtown the first Official Featured Free Jacks Watch Party will kickoff just before 4pm ET for fans to come together to cheer on the Free Jacks.

“There is no better place to watch history being made then with friends old and new at the historically strong Somers Pubs near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston,” said Alex Magleby, Free Jacks co-founder and CEO. “We are very excited to work with such a successful group of pubs that have the ability to serve our burgeoning fans so well as rugby and the Free Jacks family continues to grow.”

Somers Pubs family include 7 pub locations each with their own flair and originality. Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern, Hennessy’s of Boston, The Hooley House, Durty Nelly’s, Mr. Dooley’s Cohasset, “Super Pub” Hennessy’s, and of course The Green Dragon Tavern famed for the start of Paul Revere’s ride, will all welcome the Free Jacks family.

The first event hosted by Somers is set to be held at Hennessy’s in Boston this Sunday at 4:00pm ET when the Free Jacks make their debut against Rugby United New York in the season opener in Las Vegas, NV. Fans are invited to showcase the New England spirit and support for their home team by coming together to watch the season kickoff. Non-travelling Free Jacks players will be in attendance to welcome supporters and the event will feature the Free Jacks IPA by Baxter on tap for all to enjoy.

About New England Free Jacks:  The New England Free Jacks are 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 please visit

About Somers Pubs: The Somers Family has been involved in the Bar and Restaurant business, internationally, for more than 50 years. John Somers established his first location in Boston with Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern at 77 Broad Street just steps from Quincy Market and the Waterfront.  While all of The Somers Pubs locations have their own flair and originality, all are stamped with the Somers Seal of Quality and Hospitality. Established in 1657, The Green Dragon Tavern at 11 Marshall Street on the Freedom Trail, has a long and rich history. In past times, it counted Paul Revere and John Hancock among its regulars. It was in The Green Dragon Tavern that the plans for the invasion of Lexington and Concord were overheard, thus starting the famous ride of Paul Revere. Hennessy’s of Boston, where the feel of rural Ireland merges with the upbeat pace of Downtown Boston, has been voted “Best Irish Pub in Boston” six years in a row by the Improper Bostonian. A two-story bar at 108 Blackstone Street in the heart of Boston’s oldest surviving Market place “Haymarket”, Durty Nelly’s has on the first floor a comfortable & cozy little haven for both the traveler and the shopper alike.  Boston’s first Irish “Super Pub” arrived on the scene in the form of Paddy O’s. Located at the Faneuil Hall district at 33 Union Street, this offering from Somers Pubs embodies everything that is Ireland and the Irish.  The latest edition to the Somers Pubs’ family is Mr. Dooley’s Cohasset at 9 Depot Ct. Mr. Dooley’s Olde Irish Village Pub which has quickly ingratiated itself into the hearts of the inhabitants of Cohasset, MA. With its cozy little snugs and a wide array of authentic Irish bric-a-brac, Mr. Dooley’s is a home away from home for many an Irish ex patriot.

You’ll enter as a customer and leave as a friend! Somers are open 364 days a year, closing for Christmas.

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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