The New England Free Jacks added Ewan Brumwell for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old flyhalf/center is 6’0″ and 200lbs.
Ewan was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in Scotland. He attended Portlethen Academy in 2011, EIT Hawke’s Bay in 2013, and then attended Otago Polytechnic College from 2014-2015, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Physical Activity, Health, and Wellness. He has since added a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science from Otago Polytechnic College, as well.
Ewan played youth rugby with Mackie and played with the Caledonia U16s and U18s. He also had a trial with Scotland’s National U18s.
He played senior club rugby with Aberdeen Grammar for departing for Australia to play with the Manly Marlins in the Shute Shield. He played in the New Zealand Premier Club competition for the Harbour Hawks and also rugby XVs and 7s with Otago Rugby. With the latter, he has been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach since 2015 and was an Assistant S&C coach with New Zealand Schools in 2017 and 2018, as well as had a similar position with the Super Rugby Highlanders.
New England Free Jacks Comments
“I am really grateful and excited at the opportunity to play for the Free Jacks,” commented Brumwell. “Getting to lace up the boots with past teammates as well as creating new memories and connections is what I am most looking forward to.”
“Ewan [Honest] Brumwell, will bring a lot of maturity and class to the New England Free Jacks backline,” commented Free Jacks Head Coach, Ryan Martin. “Ewan gained his nickname through always giving honest and rugged performances while playing for his club team, Harbour, in the Dunedin Premier Club Competition. Ewan is a true utility back who is defensively sound and loves to promote the ball on attack.
Brumwell arrived in New England this week and will hit the ground running following a mandatory quarantine period. Fans can look out for Brumwells’ physical presence on the field in the coming weeks.