Seattle Seawolves

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Seattle Seawolves
Seattle Seawolves Primary Logo.png
Founded2017; 5 years ago (2017)
LocationTukwila, Washington
Ground(s)Starfire Sports (Capacity: 3,800)
Coach(es)Allen Clarke
Captain(s)Riekert Hattingh
Top scorerBrock Staller (313)
Most triesRiekert Hattingh (14)
League(s)Major League Rugby
20215th (Western Conference)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
seattleseawolves.com

The Seattle Seawolves are an American professional rugby union team based in Tukwila, Washington. The team was founded in 2017 and competes in Major League Rugby,[1] the top-level rugby union competition in the United States that played its first season in 2018.

History[edit]

The team was founded in 2017 by an investor group headed by Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner.[1] The Seawolves won the inaugural MLR Grand Final in 2018,[2] 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.[3]

Stadium[edit]

A Seawolves game at Starfire Sports in 2022

The Seattle Seawolves play at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.[4] The team offered 1,800 season tickets for their inaugural season, which sold out prior to the first match.[5]

Broadcasts[edit]

Home games for 2019 were shown on Root Sports Northwest, an AT&T SportsNet affiliate.[6] Dan Power and Kevin Swiryn were the on-air talent.[7]

Sponsorship[edit]

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018–2019 XBlades None
2020 Paladin Sports Krusteaz
2021-2022 WaFd Bank

Players and personnel[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The Seattle Seawolves squad for the 2022 Major League Rugby season is:[8]

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
Mike Brown Hooker United States United States
Alex Glover Hooker United States United States
James Malcolm Hooker Scotland Scotland
Sean McNulty* Hooker Ireland Ireland
Dewald Donald Prop South Africa South Africa
Mzamo Majola Prop South Africa South Africa
Sam Matenga Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Tim Metcher Prop Australia Australia
Matt Duncan Prop United States United States
Kellen Gordon Prop United States United States
Henry Hall Prop United States United States
Tani Tupou Prop United States United States
Victor Comptat Lock United States United States
Setefano Funaki Lock Tonga Tonga
Rhyno Herbst Lock South Africa South Africa
Ben Landry Lock United States United States
Samu Manoa Lock United States United States
Tommy Clark Back row United States United States
Andrew Durutalo Back row United States United States
Riekert Hattingh (c) Back row United States United States
Travis Larsen Back row Canada Canada
Nakai Penny Back row Canada Canada
Brad Tucker Back row New Zealand New Zealand
Player Position Union
JP Smith Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Reid Watkins Scrum-half Canada Canada
AJ Alatimu Fly-half Samoa Samoa
Tai Enosa Fly-half United States United States
Lopeti Aisea Centre United States United States
Martin Iosefo Centre United States United States
Kieran Joyce Centre Ireland Ireland
Dan Kriel Centre South Africa South Africa
Tavite Lopeti Centre United States United States
Jared Whippy* Centre Fiji Fiji
David Busby Wing Ireland Ireland
Lauina Futi Wing American Samoa American Samoa
Ross Neal Wing England England
Jeremiah Sio Wing United States United States
Darell Williams Wing United States United States
Cole Zarcone Wing United States United States
Duncan Matthews Fullback South Africa South Africa
Mathew Turner Fullback England England
  • Senior 15s internationally capped players are listed in bold.
  • * denotes players qualified to play for the United States on dual nationality or residency grounds.
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten overseas players per match.

Head coaches[edit]

  • Canada Tony Healy (2018) did not take up post due to visa difficulties
  • Canada Phil Mack (2018) [9]
  • South Africa Anton Moolman (2019) did not take up post due to visa difficulties[10]
  • New Zealand Richie Walker (2019)
  • Namibia Kees Lensing (2020–April 2021)
  • United States Pate Tuilevuka (May-June 2021–)
  • Ireland Allen Clarke (May 2021–)

Captains[edit]

Records[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoff results
2018 2nd 8 6 0 2 232 188 +44 5 29 Won Semifinal (San Diego Legion) 38–24
Won Major League Rugby Final (Glendale Raptors) 23-19
2019 2nd 16 11 1 4 498 407 +91 12 58 Won Semifinal (Toronto Arrows) 30–17
Won Major League Rugby Final (San Diego Legion) 26-23
2020 10th 5 1 0 4 138 162 -24 4 8 Season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 11th 16 4 0 12 343 461 -118 10 26
2022 4th 16 9 0 7 435 354 +73 6 46 Won West Conference Eliminator (San Diego Legion) 43–19
Won West Conference Final (Houston SaberCats) 46–27
Lost Major League Rugby Final (Rugby New York) 15-30

Honors[edit]

2018 season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 22 San Diego Legion Home Won, 39–23
April 28 Glendale Raptors Home Lost, 15–19
May 12 New Orleans Gold Away Won, 31–29
May 20 Utah Warriors Home Won, 41–32
May 27 New Orleans Gold Home Won, 55–26
June 2 Houston SaberCats Away Won, 20–7
June 8 Austin Elite Away Won, 20–19
June 16 Glendale Raptors Away Lost, 11–33

Postseason[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
June 30 San Diego Legion Home Won, 38-24
June 16 Glendale Raptors Neutral Won, 23–19

2019 season[edit]

Exhibition[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
December 22 (2018) Crimson Tide Away Won, 48–7
January 5 SFGG Away Won, 45–0
January 17 Seattle Saracens Home Won, 74–3

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
January 27 Glendale Raptors Home Won, 20-18
February 2 San Diego Legion Away Lost, 13-17
February 10 New Orleans Gold Away Lost, 31-41
February 17 Toronto Arrows Home Won, 35–30
February 24 Rugby United New York Home Won, 33-21
March 10 Houston SaberCats Home Won, 27-14
March 16 Austin Elite Away Won, 29-17
March 31 San Diego Legion Home Lost, 22-28
April 5 Utah Warriors Away Won, 48-36
April 13 Houston SaberCats Away Won, 52–10
April 21 New Orleans Gold Home Won, 25–24
April 28 Toronto Arrows Away Lost, 7-29
May 11 Rugby United New York Away Won, 38-31
May 18 Glendale Raptors Away Won, 53-36
May 26 Utah Warriors Home Draw, 27-27
June 2 Austin Elite Home Won, 38–26

Postseason[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
June 9 Toronto Arrows Home Won, 30-17
June 16 San Diego Legion Away Won, 26–23

2020 season[edit]

On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to fears surrounding the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic.[11] It was cancelled the following week[12]

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
February 9 San Diego Legion Away Lost, 24–33
February 16 Old Glory DC Away Lost, 22–28
February 22 Toronto Arrows Home Lost, 17–39
February 29 New England Free Jacks Home Won, 44–29
March 7 Utah Warriors Home Lost, 31–33
March 15 Rugby United New York Away Cancelled
March 21 Houston SaberCats Home Cancelled
March 29 Colorado Raptors Home Cancelled
April 4 Austin Gilgronis Away Cancelled
April 12 San Diego Legion Home Cancelled
April 25 Utah Warriors Away Cancelled
May 2 Houston SabreCats Away Cancelled
May 10 Rugby ATL Away Cancelled
May 17 New Orleans Gold Home Cancelled
May 24 Colorado Raptors Away Cancelled
May 31 Austiin Gilgronis Home Cancelled

2021 season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 20 Houston SaberCats Away Lost, 24–30
March 28 LA Giltinis Away Lost, 26–57
April 10 Utah Warriors Away Won, 20–15
April 17 Toronto Arrows Away Lost, 7-52
April 25 Austin Gilgronis Away Lost, 15-42
May 2 Rugby United New York Home Lost, 23-21
May 9 San Diego Legion Home Won, 21-15
May 16 Old Glory DC Away Lost, 18-22
May 23 Rugby ATL Home Lost, 6-25
June 6 Utah Warriors Home Lost, 28-29
June 13 New England Free Jacks Away Lost, 21-25
June 20 Austin Gilgronis Home Lost, 31-36
June 27 LA Giltinis Home Lost, 14-29
July 3 San Diego Legion Away Lost, 21-34
July 11 New Orleans Gold Home Won, 30-6
July 15 Houston SaberCats Home Won, 40-21

2022 season[edit]

Exhibition[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
January 22 Seattle Rugby Club Home Won, 76-8
January 28 Hartford Harpooners Home Won, 50-0

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
February 6 Toronto Arrows Home Won, 21-8
February 10 Utah Warriors Home Won, 20-17
February 20 San Diego Legion Away Won, 31-28
February 26 Austin Gilgronis Home Lost, 25-18
March 4 New Orleans Gold Home Lost, 25-24
March 12 Houston SaberCats Away Lost, 21-19
March 19 Dallas Jackals Away Won, 34-12
March 26 LA Giltinis Home Lost, 12-31
April 9 New England Free Jacks Away Lost, 22-24
April 16 San Diego Legion Home Won, 34-32
April 23 Utah Warriors Away Won, 20-14
May 1 Austin Gilgronis Away Lost, 6-17
May 8 Dallas Jackals Home Won, 74-7
May 15 Rugby United NY Away Lost, 22-30
May 27 Houston SaberCats Home Won, 43-36
June 5 LA Giltinis Away Won, 35-27

Post season[edit]

Round Date Opponent Home/Away Result
West Eliminator June 12 San Diego Legion Home Won, 43–19
West Conference Finals June 18 Houston SaberCats Away Won, 46–27
MLR Championship June 25 Rugby United NY Away Lost, 15–30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Seattle has a brand new sports team". KIRO 7 News. September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Arthur, Ben (May 16, 2019). "The driving force of the Seattle Seawolves". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "'I can't explain this feeling': Seawolves repeat as Major League Rugby champions with try as time expires". The Seattle Times. 2019-06-16. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  4. ^ "About the Seattle Seawolves". Seattle Seawolves. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Saul, John (April 13, 2018). "Seattle's hottest new startup is no tech company: Get to know the Seawolves and professional rugby". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY'S SEATTLE SEAWOLVES EXTEND TELEVISION PARTNERSHIP WITH ROOT SPORTS". www.seattleseawolves.com. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  7. ^ "San Diego Legion at Seattle Seawolves". IMDb. 31 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Seattle Seawolves". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Seawolves win first game as pro rugby makes Seattle debut". The Seattle Times. April 22, 2018. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Anton Moolman new Head Coach of Seattle Seawolves". Americas Rugby News. September 9, 2018. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Anonymous, "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SUSPENDS 2020 SEASON FOR 30 DAYS," www.majorleague.rugby, March 12, 2020 Retrieved March 14, 2020
  12. ^ "Major League Rugby cancels remainder of 2020 campaign". Yahoo! Sports. AFP. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.