Seattle professional rugby team advanced to 2022 Western Conference, making push for the MLR Finals

The Seawolves bring the passion for rugby to Seattle fans. #k5evening

TUKWILA, Wash. — The Seattle Seawolves kicked off their inaugural season in 2018, winning the first-ever MLR championship. In 2019, the Seawolves clinched a second MLR title, becoming the first consecutive titleholders in MLR history. The Seawolves are the second team in US sports history to win the first two championships in their respective leagues and Seattle’s only consecutive champions in professional sports history.

“If you don’t know anything about rugby, you should just know that Seattle is the back-to-back world champion,” said Seattle Seawolves player Taniela Tupon. “There’s only one in America, and that’s the Seattle Seawolves.”

We caught up with the team at one of their training sessions at Starfire Sports in Tukwila to ask the players some personal questions.

What are your pre-game rituals or superstitions?

“When I tape my ankles, I always tape left to right,” said Seattle Seawolves player Andrew Durutalo.

“Taylor Swift gets me going on game day, ‘Shake It Off,'” Tupon said.

“Nothing special, no, no, not at all,” said Seattle Seawolves captain Riekert Hattingh. “I just like to eat at the right time before the game.”

What can you say about rugby that a lot of people or even fans don’t know?

“I think the craziest thing about rugby is that it still gets me to this day [is] After the game you actually and traditionally sit down and have a meal and a beer with the other team,” Tupon said.

Do you have a teammate who is annoying?

“Everyone on the team sucks, we’re lucky to have great players on the team,” said Durutalo.

The Seattle Seawolves host the San Diego Legion for the 2022 Major League Rugby Western Conference Semi-Finals at Starfire Stadium on Sunday 12 June. The Seawolves played evenly, using strategic kicks, set pieces and a tough defense to win the game 43-19 in Seattle.

Seattle remains San Diego’s only hurdle on the road to postseason success, defeating them in the 2018 Semifinals, 2019 Finals and 2022 Western Conference Semifinals.

There is no doubt that the Seawolves bring joy and excitement to rugby fans across the North West.

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