Currie Cup Quality Scrumhalf Juan-Philip Smith Takes to Seattle


Smith looks to develop his already strong craft as a dynamic playmaker with the experienced leadership in the Seawolves backline.


December 14, 2018

SEATTLE -The Seattle Seawolves are excited to announce the signing of former Blue Bull and Southern King, Juan-Philip Smith.

Juan-Philip (JP) was born in Queenstown, South Africa and followed the steps many young athletes take in his country to pick up a rugby ball. Early success on the pitch while attending Queen’s College placed JP on his provincial select side, the Border Bulldogs. Once school was completed, Smith took to Pretoria where his career with the Blue Bulls began. Playing for their U19 program, he continued through their pathway moving from U19 to U21 to a Blue Bulls senior debut in 2015. During his time with the Bulls, JP was also selected to the South Africa U20’s team that competed in the IRB Junior World Championship. After years in the Bulls program, Smith took to the Free State Cheetahs for two seasons before taking to Pro14 competition with the Southern Kings in 2018. The talented playmaker brings sound decision making and a consistent kicking game to a talented Seawolves backline.

“It’s a great opportunity to join the Seawolves,” said Smith. “I’m looking forward to stepping up to the quality and work ethic the team already has and that pushing me to become a better player. I’m excited to be a part of such a great team and group of players!"