Seattle Seawolves

The Seattle Seawolves are an American professional rugby union team based in Seattle, Washington. The team was founded in 2017 and competes in Major League Rugby,[2] the top-level rugby competition in the United States that played its first season in 2018.

Seattle Seawolves
Founded2017
LocationSeattle, Washington
Ground(s)Starfire Stadium (Capacity: 3,800)
Coach(es)Kees Lensing
Phil Mack[1] (Assistant)
Captain(s)Riekert Hattingh
Top scorerBrock Staller (277)
Most triesMathew Turner (12)
League(s)Major League Rugby
2019Champions
2nd place (regular season)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
seattleseawolves.com

History

The team was founded in 2017 by an investor group headed by Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner.[2] The Seawolves won the inaugural MLR Grand Final in 2018,[3] and defended the title in the 2019 Major League Rugby Championship. In the final on June 16, 2019, the Seattle Seawolves defeated San Diego Legion 26–23 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.[4]

Home field

The Seattle Seawolves play at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.[5] The team offered 1,800 season tickets for their inaugural season, which sold out prior to the first match.[6]

Broadcasts

Home games for 2019 were shown on Root Sports Northwest an AT&T SportsNet affiliate.[7] Dan Power and Kevin Swiryn were the on-air talent.[8]

Sponsorship

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018–2019 XBlades None
2020-present Paladin Sports

Players and personnel

Current squad

The following players have been reported for the 2020 season:[9][10]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Stephan Coetzee Hooker South Africa
Mike Shepherd Hooker United States
Daniel Trierweiler Hooker United States
Kellen Gordon Prop United States
John Hayden Prop United States
Olive Kilifi Prop United States
Tim Metcher Prop Australia
Djustice Sears-Duru Prop Canada
Jake Ilnicki Prop Canada
Ryan Youngman Prop Scotland
Taylor Krumrei Lock United States
FP Pelser Lock South Africa
Jérémy Lenaerts* Lock Belgium
Brad Tucker Lock New Zealand
Samu Manoa Lock United States
Juan Manuel Leguizamon Flanker Argentina
Nakai Penny Flanker Canada
Cole van Harm Flanker United States
Vili Tolutaʻu Flanker United States
Eric Duechle Number 8 United States
Riekert Hattingh Number 8 United States
Player Position Union
Phil Mack Scrum-half Canada
Juan-Philip Smith Scrum-half South Africa
Ben Cima Fly-half United States
Scott Dean Fly-half United States
Ryno Eksteen Fly-half South Africa
George Barton Centre Canada
Shalom Suniula Centre United States
William Rasileka Centre Fiji
Joey Iosefa Centre United States
Ross Neal Centre England
Moses Lalasava Wing Fiji
Sequoyah Burke-Combs Wing United States
Dion Crowder Wing United States
Jeff Hassler Wing Canada
Brock Staller Wing Canada
Harry Davies Wing Wales
David Busby Fullback Ireland
Mathew Turner Fullback England
  • Internationally capped players in bold
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten overseas players per match

Head coaches

  • Tony Healy (2018) did not take up post due to visa difficulties
  • Phil Mack (2018)[11]
  • Anton Moolman (2019) did not take up post due to visa difficulties[12]
  • Richie Walker (2019)
  • Kees Lensing (2020–)

Captains

  • Riekert Hattingh (2018–present)

Records

Season standings

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2018 2nd 8602232188+44529 Won championship final
2019 2nd 161114498407+911258 Won championship final

Honors

References

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