The New England Free Jacks will have Steven Hinshaw back for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old hooker is 6’2″ and 240 lbs.
Steven originally signed in 2021 through the 2022 season, but then retired from rugby to pursue a Post Baccalaureate Medicine Program at Tufts University. He continues this program as he returns to play rugby for the remainder of the 2022 season.
Steven made four appearances as a reserve during the 2020 season for the Free Jacks and scored his first try for the Free Jacks against Seattle in week 4 at Starfire Stadium. He was a key contributor during the 2018 and 2019 exhibition season and Cara Cup. He played 11 games for the Free Jacks to date, had a standout Cara Cup against the Irish province sides in 2019, averaging 10 tackles (25% dominant) and 5 carries per game.
Steve was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, and moved to La Jolla, California where he attended the Bishop’s School in San Diego from 2009-2014. While there, he played baseball and football.
He then attended Dartmouth College from 2014-2018, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. While at Dartmouth, he was exposed to rugby and played for three years. He was co-captain of the team in 2017 and 2018. He also helped the team advance to the D1AA National Final.
Steve then played for Mystic River Rugby Club and for the New England Free Jacks during their 2018 exhibition matches. He was named to start at hooker for the Cara Cup against the Connacht Eagles and continued to contribute to the team in 2019.
Steve currently serves as a healthcare consultant for Commonwealth Health Advisors. He is one of three hookers on the Free Jacks team and hopes to contribute to the team’s success both on and off the field in 2020.