The New England Free Jacks signed Alex Johnston for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old prop is 6’0″ and 245lbs.
Alex is from Whakatane, New Zealand, (the heart of Eastern Bay of Plenty) and will be joining his younger brother Joe on the Veterans Memorial pitch in Quincy, Massachusetts this year.
Alex attended Trident High School where he played rugby and continued his education at Lincoln University from 2014-2018, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science. While at Lincoln, he continued to play rugby and In 2018 Johnston helped bring the club to a Baywide Championship in the Farmland Co-operative Baywide Premier 1 finals. Following his graduation, moved to Mount Maunganui to play with Te Puke Sports and Recreation Club where he has played since 2019.
New England Free Jacks Comments
“I’m looking forward to pulling on the free jacks jersey and making an impact in the MLR,” exclaimed Johnston when asked about his upcoming transition to New England.
“It is great to have Alex join the Free Jacks and add to the Johnston legacy that Joe started to build in the 2021 season,” commented Free Jacks Assistant Coach Mike Rogers. “Alex is a strong scrummaging loosehead prop, hard-working and uncompromising. I am excited to see how quickly he grows when coming into a full-time environment. I am sure with his work ethic he will emerge as a front line prop for the Free Jacks.”