New England Free Jacks have utilized Erik Thompson in the 2018 exhibition season. The 23-year-old scrumhalf is 5’10” and 177 lbs.
Erik played all three of the team’s exhibition season matches against the Ontario Arrows, Rugby United New York, and most recently against the Utah Warriors as captain. The team will be looking at his leadership as they play in the Cara Cup beginning on March 16.
Erik is from Rancho Santa Margarita, California and attended Trabuco Hills High School, graduating in 2013. He then attended U.C.L.A. from 2013-2017 earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations and Affairs. He also was a study abroad student from August 2016-January 2017 at the London School of Economics & Political Science. He currently is pursuing a Master’s Degree at the Harvard Extention School.
In 2014-2015, Erik represented the U.S. on the AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy competition. He excelled at UCLA in both rugby 15s and in 7s. He has played club rugby with the Santa Monica Dolphins and with Mystic River Rugby Club.
The New England Free jacks look forward to Erik being a key member of the team in 2019 and beyond.