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
Seattle Seawolves logo 2017.png
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
2nd place (regular season)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
Seawolves' home, Starfire Sports Complex


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 fieldEdit

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]


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]


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

Players and personnelEdit

Current squadEdit

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
Taylor Krumrei Lock   United States
FP Pelser Lock   South Africa
Jérémy Lenaerts* Lock   Belgium
Brad Tucker Lock   New Zealand
Andrew Durutalo Flanker   United States
Juan Manuel Leguizamon Flanker   Argentina
Nakai Penny Flanker   Canada
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
Jope Motokana Scrum-half   United States
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
Joey Iosefa Centre   United States
Ross Neal Centre   England
Suli Tamaivena Centre   Fiji
Siti Tamaivena Wing   Fiji
Matt Brennan 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 coachesEdit

  • 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–)


  • Riekert Hattingh (2018–present) 


Season standingsEdit

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



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  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.
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  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.