Seattle Seawolves Named Major League Rugby Team of the Week


Seattle Seawolves Named Major League Rugby Team of the Week

Seattle’s Phil Mack Named Player of the Week


SALT LAKE CITY (April 23, 2018) – The Seattle Seawolves were named the Major League Rugby Team of the Week the League announced today. The Seawolves defeated the San Diego Legion, 39-23, in front of a sold out crowd at Starfire Sports Complex.


Seattle jumped out to a 20-6 halftime lead behind strong defensive play, holding the Legion without a try. Despite a late surge from San Diego, Seattle's 19-point second half proved enough for an opening weekend win.


Seawolves Scrum-half Phil Mack picked up Player of the Week honors. Mack’s duties over the past few weeks have increased. Stepping into the lead coaching role, he built a game plan based around the Seawolves strength in the scrum. His agility and ball speed out of the ruck put the ball in the hands of his fly-half Will Holder for quick-play. Mack's timely box kicks took the pressure off the Seawolves when they were within their own half.


MLR also announced the First XV:

  1. Loosehead Prop, Kellen Gordon, Seattle Seawolves
  2. Hooker, Mike Brown, Austin Elite
  3. Tighthead Prop, Tim Metcher, Seattle Seawolves
  4. Left Lock, Ben Mitchell, Austin Elite
  5. Right Lock, Charlie Hewitt, Houston SaberCats
  6. Blindside Flanker, Chris Turori, San Diego Legio
  7. Openside Flanker, Hanco Germishuys, Austin Elite
  8. No 8., Sebastian Kalm, NOLA Gold
  9. Scrum-half, Shaun Davies, Glendale Raptors
  10. Fly-half, Will Magie, Glendale Raptors
  11. Blindside Wing, Harley Davidson, Glendale Raptors
  12. Inside Center, JP Eloff, NOLA Gold
  13. Outside Center, Anthony Salaber, San Diego Legion
  14. Openside Wing, Josua Vici, Houston SaberCats
  15. Fullback, Mat Turner, Seattle Seawolves


For more news and notes from Week 1, visit


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About MLR

MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of the American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes.


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