The New England Free jacks re-signed Spencer Krueger, who was the 18th pick in the second round of the Major League Rugby Collegiate 2020 Draft, for the 2022 season. The 23-year-old tighthead prop (24 in January) is 6’1″ and 260 lbs.
Spencer played in 7 matches, starting 5 times in 2021 for the Free Jacks. This Fall he played with the Chicago Lions.
Spencer is from Arlington Heights, Illinois, and attended John Hersey High School where he was an “offensive and defensive lineman when he played for coach Joe Pardun and he was also a varsity wrestler, honors student and volunteer.” He also competed on the track and field team with the shot put and discus and was honored with the Burlsworth character award in recognition of outstanding character and sportsmanship nationwide.
From 2011-2016 he played rugby with the Arlington Rugby Stallions team directed by Paul Bergman according to the Daily Herald and was the team’s captain in his junior and senior years.
Spencer attended Ohio State University from 2016-2020 and will graduate with a Bachelors’s in Logistics Management after attending the Fisher School of Business. He concentrated on rugby while in college under Tom Rooney and was recognized as a third-team Collegiate All-American in 2018, as well as the captain of the Men’s rugby program in his final two years, and the Interim Club president in 2017. He was an All-Ohio Collegiate 15s team selection in 2016 and was ranked by FLO Rugby as the #5 tighthead in 2017 and #2 in 2018.
He also continued his rugby development with the Chicago Lions in 2018, playing several matches in the National 15 tournament under Coach Dave Clancy’s leadership. He went to Christchurch, New Zealand, and played with Marist Albion RFC and helped the club gain 5th place in the club competition in 2018 under Coach Simon Scott. While there, he also participated in the Crusaders International Academy. IHPU program led by coach Grant Keenan.
Spencer will join the Ohio Aviators at the World Tens Series starting October 24th in Bermuda. His former Ohio State University Head Coach, Tom Rooney, is the team’s director, Free Jack Zack Stryffeler is managing the side, and additional Major League Rugby players are on the side, as well as on other teams.
New England Free jacks Comments
“We are delighted to have Spencer back in the fold for 2022,” commented Free Jacks Performance Director, Tom Kindley. “Spencer has a year of valuable MLR experience under his belt alongside some quality professionals in the Free Jacks front row which is really important for young fellas’ coming out of the collegiate game. He is a hard-working, coachable, likable bloke, and having bided his time during 2021, he has a burning desire to stake his claim this season.”