The New England Free jacks re-signed Jackson Thiebes for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He played for the New England Free Jacks during the team’s the 2018-2019 exhibition season and was part of the Cara Cup squad. He was then loaned to Rugby United New York before returning to the Free Jacks to start against Lansdowne FC. The 25-year-old lock is 6’5″ and 265 lbs.
Jackson was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Kalispell, Montana. He attended Glacier High School, earning two varsity letters in football. Following his graduation, he attended Lewis & Clark College in 2012 and played football as a tight end, before transferring to the University of Montana. While at Montana from 2013-2017, he played football, rugby, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.
Jackson has felt a need to contribute back to the community. He was a Big Brother in the Big Brothers of Sisters of America and also volunteered for the Habitat of Humanity International.
Following his graduation from Montana, he attended Endicott College for an MBA-Marketing. He also played rugby and helped the team gain the #1 NSCRO 2018 ranking. He participated in the NSCRO Men’s 15s All-Star Championship, was selected to the All-Championship team and was named the Impact Player from the Northeast. Jackson was the first person from Endicott College to sign a professional sports contract.
Jackson also is a member of the Mystic River Rugby Club and helped the team to the USA Club Rugby 7s Nationals.
Jackson was a key contributor for the Free Jacks in 2019 and the team expects the same during 2020. Look for him to be a target in the lineouts, as well as at the breakdowns.