The New England Free Jacks re-signed Sean Yacoubian through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old scrumhalf (28 in June) is 5’9″ and 200 lbs.
Sean played 51 minutes in 3 matches for the Free Jacks in 2021. After recovering from an injury, he was named to the USA Selects and played in the Americas Pacific Challenge.
Sean played one match as a reserve for the Colorado Raptors during the truncated 2020 MLR season due to COVID-19.
Sean is from Paisley, Scotland, and attended St. Columbia’s School, as well as the University of Strathclyde. He then continued his education in the U.S. at Saint Mary’s College of California from 2017-2019.
He played rugby at Saint Columbia High School’s 1st XV before progressing through the Glasgow District age-grade levels. He was part of the Scotland U20s extended squad before playing in 2014 in the final U20 6 Nations match against Wales at Colwyn Bay in March 2014.
Sean also played for the Glasgow Hawks in 2010 with the U17s and continued through the Senior team, as well as making an appearance for the Glasgow Warriors Sevens.
Sean attended Saint Mary’s College of California from 2017-2019, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. He helped the Gaels advance to the USA Rugby D1A quarterfinals both seasons, and Saint Mary’s honored him as their 2019 MVP and Ironman Award winner. He also was a first-team Collegiate All-American in 2018 and in 2019 and helped the team gain a win against an All-Canada University XV in 2019.
New England Free Jacks Comments
“Sean Yacoubian is the ultimate team man,” Free Jacks Performance Director Tom Kindley states with enthusiasm. “He had abysmal luck during 2021 with back-to-back injuries but kept his head up the whole time and was ultimately chosen for the USA Selects for the ARC.
“Sean is a player with a fantastic work ethic who adds immense value to our side through his demeanor. He’s talented enough to push both John Poland and for a spot at the international level in due course, so we are excited to see him string some games together and show us what he can do.”
The Free Jacks organization is excited to see Yacoubian return to game form for the upcoming 2022 MLR season. Stay tuned to see the highly anticipated scrum-half as well as the rest of the Free Jacks as they boot up to take on the rest of the league.