Seattle Seawolves

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Seattle Seawolves
Seattle Seawolves logo 2017.png
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
Seawolves' home, Starfire Sports Complex

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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Players and personnel[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

Head coaches[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Riekert Hattingh (2018–present) 

Records[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2018 2nd 8 6 0 2 232 188 +44 5 29 Won championship final
2019 2nd 16 11 1 4 498 407 +91 12 58 Won championship final

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.seattleseawolves.com/players/phil-mack
  2. ^ a b "Seattle has a brand new sports team". KIRO 7 News. September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Arthur, Ben (May 16, 2019). "The driving force of the Seattle Seawolves". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "'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.
  5. ^ "About the Seattle Seawolves". Seattle Seawolves. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ http://www.seattleseawolves.com/news/major-league-rugby-s-seattle-seawolves-extend-television-partnership-with-root-sports
  8. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10510446
  9. ^ "2018 Major League Rugby – Seattle Seawolves". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  10. ^ "MLR Off-Season Update – December 13, 2018". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  11. ^ "Seawolves win first game as pro rugby makes Seattle debut". The Seattle Times. April 22, 2018. Archived from the original on March 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Anton Moolman new Head Coach of Seattle Seawolves". Americas Rugby News. September 9, 2018. Archived from the original on October 15, 2018.