New England Free Jacks Signs Terrell Peita

The Free Jacks signed Terrell Peita for three years through the 2024 season Major League rugby season. The 21-year-old flanker/No8 (22 in April) is 6’2” and 233lbs.

Terrell is from Auckland, New Zealand, and attended Mount Albert Grammar School where he was the rugby 1st XV’s captain in 2016. In 2018 he was the vice-captain of the New Zealand Maöri team, which played the New Zealand School Barbarians. He Also played age age-grade for Auckland U17s and U19s, Blues U20s, and was part of New Zealand U20s training squad ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championship, which was canceled due to the pandemic.

In 2020 and 2021 he played with Ponsonby, as well as in 2 matches with Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup, which was renamed the Bunnings National Provincial Championship in 2021.

New England Free Jacks Comments

A young and ambitious competitor, Peita understands the value of teamwork when working towards success. “He waka eke noa,” commented Peita when asked about joining his new squad. “This simply means ‘We are all in this canoe together.’ This connects to the sport of rugby because it’s a team sport, meaning we all need to be in this canoe to head towards our goal.”

“Terrell is a fantastic young rugby player having represented Auckland in the Bunnings NPC and the Blues at U20 and U18 level,” commented Free Jacks Assistant Coach, Mike Rogers. “Terrell is an athletic loose forward who brings an offloading game which will be a hallmark for the Free Jacks in our 2022 MLR season. Above all else, Terrell has captained a number of teams that he has played for and he is an outstanding young leader.”

A workhorse on the field, Peita will bring his valued New Zealand rugby experience to the MLR in 2022. With exciting arrivals such as Peita making their way to New England, fans cannot wait for the start of the highly anticipated 2022 season.

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