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THE NATIONAL SMALL COLLEGE RUGBY ORGANIZATION PARTNERS WITH NEW ENGLAND FREE JACKS TO HOST ANNUAL ALL-STAR CHAMPIONSHIP

8 TEAMS WILL COMPETE OVER THREE DAYS AT THE NEW ENGLAND FREE JACKS HOME VENUE, FREE JACKS UNION POINT STADIUM IN WEYMOUTH, MA, FROM MAY 28 – MAY 30

THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY MAY 30 AS A CURTAIN RAISER FOR THE FREE JACKS LAST REGULAR SEASON MATCH AGAINST RUGBY ATL

BOSTON—February 24, 2020— The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) today announced a partnership with Major League Rugby’s New England Free Jacks to host its third annual All-Star Championship. The Championship will take place from May 28 – 30, and will be held at Free Jacks Union Point Stadium in Weymouth, MA.

The tournament will consist of eight men’s regional teams from across the US made up entirely of NSCRO student-athletes. The championship final will be held on Saturday May 30 as a curtain raiser for the New England Free Jacks’ last regular season match against Rugby ATL.

The partnership with the Free Jacks continues NSCRO’s affiliation with professional rugby organizations around the country.  Over the past two seasons, NSCRO hosted the championship with the Austin and Houston based MLR franchises.  NSCRO is excited to continue the relationship with professional rugby to produce a world class entertainment event and provide a framework of identification and development for collegiate athletes.

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“The All Star championship allows players to compete against the best of NSCRO,” said NSCRO Director of High Performance Jeremy Treece. “Partnering with MLR gives our players the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of a wide audience and top talent evaluators.”

“This partnership is an opportunity to work with NSCRO to continue the development of rugby, not only in New England, but around the country,” commented Free Jacks Co-Founder and CEO, Alex Magleby. “We are in the business of putting on the highest quality rugby entertainment events and are excited to work with NSCRO to do the same. The championship will help us raise the profile of collegiate rugby, and aid in MLR’s identification of student-athletes looking to compete at the highest level of rugby in America in future years.”

The New England Free Jacks are one of three teams to begin their Inaugural Season in the third year of Major League Rugby. The New England based rugby team will play its home opener at Union Point Stadium in Weymouth, MA, on March 14th, St Patrick’s Day Weekend, against the Houston SaberCats.

Tournament passes for the NSCRO All-Star Championship are available here. Tournament passes include Festival access to the Free Jacks match against Rugby ATL at 4:00pm ET on May 30.

Any questions for NSCRO, please send to development@nscro.org.

About National Small College Rugby Organization: Since 2007, the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has been at the forefront of fostering and developing small college rugby programs in the United States. NSCRO is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to small college programs that raise the profile, image, and benefits of collegiate rugby in the eyes of school administrators. Comprised of nearly 400 men’s and women’s college rugby clubs who participate in more than 30 leagues, NSCRO provides an opportunity for these programs to showcase their abilities to a broader audience with a chance at a national title and ranking. Along with recognizing club and player success on and off the field, the increased visibility NSCRO creates has led to improved school support, greater on-campus interest in rugby, and growth in financial support and alumni ad fan involvement.

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 www.Free Jacks.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/