The New England Free Jacks re-signed Steven Hinshaw through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old hooker is 6’2″ and 240 lbs.
Steven made four appearances as a reserve during the 2020 season for the Free Jacks and scored his first try for the Free Jacks against Seattle in week 4 at Starfire Stadium. He was a key contributor during the 2018 and 2019 exhibition season and Cara Cup. He played 11 games for the Free Jacks to date, had a standout Cara Cup against the Irish province sides in 2019, averaging 10 tackles (25% dominant) and 5 carries per game.
Steve was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, and moved to La Jolla, California where he attended the Bishop’s School in San Diego from 2009-2014. While there, he played baseball and football.
He then attended Dartmouth College from 2014-2018, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. While at Dartmouth, he was exposed to rugby and played for three years. He was co-captain of the team in 2017 and 2018. He also helped the team advance to the D1AA National Final.
Steve then played for Mystic River Rugby Club and for the New England Free Jacks during their 2018 exhibition matches. He was named to start at hooker for the Cara Cup against the Connacht Eagles and continued to contribute to the team in 2019.
Steve currently serves as a healthcare consultant for Commonwealth Health Advisors. He is one of three hookers on the Free Jacks team and hopes to contribute to the team’s success both on and off the field in 2020.
New England Free Jacks Comments
“When I say this is a dream come true, it is an understatement,” exclaimed Hinshaw. “I am excited and humbled to continue my journey with the most promising organization in American Rugby. To the hardworking people of Boston, I will give you every ounce of work and passion that I have in me to bring home a championship, but more importantly, do my utmost to engage with and drive forward the wonderful communities in New England.”
“Steve personifies what we look for from our playing group through his work rate, willingness to learn, and genuine love for what he does,” said Free Jacks Performance Manager, Tom Kindley. “Having only found the sport as a Freshman in College, Steve is only beginning to untap the colossal potential at his disposal. A converted back-rower, he is a ball carrying and defensive force and comes to ‘work’ with a smile on his face every day without fail. With some fine-tuning, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with in 2021.”
Join Steve and the Free Jacks for a virtual meet and greet, “News and Brews,” tonight, Thursday, September 10th. Grab a Free Jacks IPA and join the virtual gathering and get to know the newest Free Jacks and the returning players. RSVP using the link here: https://www.freejacks.com/news-and-brews/.