The New England Free Jacks signed Xandre Vos through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The soon to be 24-year-old loosehead prop at the end of the month is 5’10” (1.77m) and 245 lbs.
Xandre was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and attended Graeme College. He was impressive at the age-grade level, starting all 31 matches for the school’s top rugby side in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Vos played with the Eastern Province Kings Under 19 program while beginning his education at Nelson Mandela University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth in Sports Management, as well as playing rugby for the Madibaz.
The 2015 Eastern Province Kings side won the South African Under 19 Currie Cup championship. He progressed to represent the Eastern Province Kings Under 21 side and was selected for the Eastern Province Elephants, debuting in the 2017 Currie Cup and making the quarterfinals in the Supersport Challenge.
Xandre signed his first professional contract for the 2018/19 Pro14 Season with the Southern Kings and has earned 12 caps for the Port Elizabeth based Southern Kings. He also has been a consistent performer for the Eastern Province Elephants, making 24 appearances between the Supersport Challenge and Currie Cup competitions.
New England Free Jacks Comments
“I’m excited about this new path in my rugby career, picking up a new challenge and taking the opportunity to develop in an awesome region like New England,” said Vos. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the squad, putting my stamp on the New England scrum, and bringing a little bit of Vos force to the pack.”
“Xandre brings some real grit to the Free Jacks forward pack,” commented head coach, Ryan Martin. ‘He is a true go forward player who loves to carry and hit hard. Importantly he is known in his former environments for his leadership attributes and work ethic. We are excited to see him grow and develop as a player and a person here in the New England environment.”
A proven performer with a long career ahead, Xandre is tipped to be a real handful in Major League Rugby. A strong scrummager, with experience playing both sides of the scrum, Xandre will be welcomed with open arms to what is a formidable squad forming in New England.
Join Xandre and the Free Jacks for a virtual Town Hall, “News and Brews,” on October 15. 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/.