The New England Free Jacks re-signed Harrison Boyle for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old flyhalf/fullback (22 in January) is 6’4″ and 210lbs.
Harrison played 903 minutes in 13 starts and scored one try in 2021. He ranked15th in the league in kicking meters, launching the ball 2,291m through 73 kicks last season. He broke 11 tackles. while successfully making 80 on defense.
Harrison was born in Boston, Massachusetts and his family returned to Wellington where he was raised in Lower Hutt. He played for Hutt Old Boys Marist and attended St. Patrick’s College, Silverstream from 2013-2017. He played rugby for the 1st XV for two years and was the co-captain of the 2017 team which won the Wellington Schools Championship and finished in the top 8 in New Zealand. The team broke a season scoring record with 982 points in 18 matches, with Harrison scoring 132. The team also won the Scots 7s.
Harrison was selected to the Hurricanes U17 Development Camp in 2016 and later the U18s. He represented the Otago Rugby Academy U19s in 2018 and 2019. In 2018 and 2019 he played in the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament, representing Otago, and was selected to the New Zealand U20 Development Camp in 2020.
In 2018, Harrison moved to Dunedin to attend the University of Otago, where he was three-quarters of the way through a law degree. He plays his club rugby for the Dunedin Sharks. Harrison made his professional debut for Otago in a Ranfurly Shield defense against North Otago in 2019 and Mitre 10 Cup debut against Northland in 2020. He has also played for Stourbridge RFC.
Harrison was selected as a part of the New Zealand U20’s squad set to compete at the Junior World Championship in Italy before the event was canceled due to Covid.
New England Free Jacks Comments
“It’s great to have Boyler back for year two in his place of birth, the great city of Boston,” Free Jacks Performance Director Tom Kindley commented. “Harrison is of great pedigree having enjoyed a great high school career as a pivot for St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, and making the NZ U20 Development camp in 2020, a testament to his playing ability.”
“Harrison adds a lot of value across the board, a switched on and likable bloke off the field, he also adds a point of difference utilizing his size and bravery as a 10 and can operate across a multitude of positions when required (this year seen in the 12 and 15 jerseys also). At only 21 he has a huge career ahead and we look forward to seeing him grow in confidence.”