New England Free Jacks re-signed Peter Lupton for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He played for the team during the 2018 exhibition season, as well as in the Cara Cup and against Lansdowne in 2019. The 37-year-old center is 5’11” and 210 lbs.
Peter is from Millon in West Cumbria in the United Kingdom. He attended Millon School and played rugby league. He played with the London Broncos from 1998-2002, the Leeds Rhinos in 2003, Hull FC from 2003-2005, Castleford Tigers from 2006-2008, the Crusaders Rugby League Super Rugby team from 2009-2011, the Workington Town Championship 1 from 2011-2015, and the Barrow Raiders in 2015.
Peter also made five appearances for Wales in Rugby League. In 2011 he was named to the preliminary squad for the Rugby League Four Nations. He qualified for Wales due to residency and appeared in a warmup match against Ireland. In 2013 he played in the Rugby League World Cup and in 2014 captained Wales at the European Cup.
In 2016 Peter moved with his family to Boston and played with the Boston 13s and the Boston Irish Wolfhounds. Several facial injuries derailed his U.S. play while he recovered. There was an extensive medical bill and the Wolfhounds stepped up along with the USA Rugby club insurance.
In 2018 Peter played in the first exhibition season match against the Ontario Arrows. His veteran presence was an asset in the 2019 Cara Cup where the team played against the Connacht Eagles, Ulster Ravens, Munster A, and Leinster A and the team’s concluding match against Lansdowne.
In 2020 the Free Jacks will play in the team’s inaugural season in Major League Rugby. Having a leader like Peter should be invaluable.