The New England Free Jacks added Diego Armando Maquieira for the 2018-2019 exhibition season. The 27-year-old hooker is 6’0″ and 235 lbs.
Diego is from Queens, New York and attended Middlesex School from 2007-2009. He then attended Northeastern University from 2009-2014, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Business. He played rugby 15s and 7s for the University in the former East Coast Rugby Conference.
Diego also played for the Northeast Academy since 2013, for Stars Rugby 7s in the New York 7s in 2015 and has played for Mystic River in the USA Club Rugby Nationals as recently as in 2018.
Diego has played for Mystic River Rugby Club and was on the 2016 USA Club Rugby Division 1 National Championship winning team. In 2017-2018 he played with the Houston Strikers, who changed their name to the Houston SaberCats. Following the season he returned to Mystic River before playing for the New England Free Jacks in their 2018-2019 exhibition season. He has played in all three matches against the Ontario Arrows, Rugby United New York, and most recently, the Utah Warriors.
Diego is expected to be in the front row for the Free Jacks in the Cara Cup, which begins on March 16. The team will play the Connacht Eagles, Ulster Ravens, Munster A, and Leinster A. They will also play the Toronto Arrows, Lansdowne FC, and Old Glory DC to round out the 2019 Spring season.