Dean, Hall, McGill, Tafuna Named to 2021 Seawolves Extended Roster

24-Feb-2021

TUKWILA, WASHINGTON (February 24, 2020) – The Seattle Seawolves have named four players to their extended roaster for the 2021 Major League Rugby (MLR) season. These players will train alongside the active player pool and provide depth in key roles ahead of the most competitive MLR season yet.

Scott Dean – Renton, Washington

With multiple appearances for the Seawolves throughout his affiliation with the club since 2019, Dean returns to the team and adds depth to the fly half position. After an injury to Cima in the 2020 preseason match up versus the visiting Tasman Mako, Dean stepped up into the 10 position for the season opener in San Diego and first content against Old Glory DC. A local product from Liberty Rugby and Central Washington University, the up-and-coming back will be ready to slot in as needed throughout 2021.

“It’s humbling to get to continue to play for the Seawolves having grown up in the Seattle area. Go ‘Wolves!”

Henry Hall
– Tacoma, Washington 

Another player that was originally Dallas bound; Hall has found a new team to debut in MLR with in his home state. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, the prop played for Tacoma Tsunami since the age of 13. Opportunities began once in high school with the Washington Loggers and High School All-Americans programs. Recruited to nationally recognized Saint Mary’s College of California, Hall was a member of multiple national championships with the Gaels. Age-grade representation, and even captaincy, continued for Hall for the US throughout his college career. Before heading back to Washington, Hall spent time with Olympic Club and San Francisco Golden Gate. Most recently, he has suited up for the Seattle Rugby Club Men’s Premier side before preparing for an intended move to Dallas. Hall provides depth in the front row skillset that is essential to both the game and the Seawolves’ strategy.

“I’m thrilled to represent my home, the Pacific Northwest.”

Conor McGill – Saint Paul, Minnesota

McGill started his playing career with Metropolis Rugby while attending high school in the Twin Cities. The lock then joined Spearhead Rugby Academy to continue to develop as a player. Time at Spearhead led to an opportunity to play at the oldest rugby club in continued existence, Dublin University Football Club at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. His most recent playing experiences include stints with the Montreal Irish, Donau Rugby Club in Vienna, Austria, and back with Metropolis Rugby Club. The experienced forward bring strong rugby IQ and work ethic to the club.

“I am beyond excited just to see a thriving professional rugby union league here in the US. To be involved as a player is a truly a dream come true. I can't wait to be part of keeping the Seawolves' reputation as perennial champions alive for years to come!”

Freddy Tafuna – San Leandro, California

Tafuna has been around rugby all his life, playing touch and tossing around a ball with his family for as long as he can remember. His first organized rugby opportunity came once he was in high school though, playing for the Hayward Bay Barbarians when he was 17. After high school, he joined the Fort Drum Barracks Rangers in New York during his military service. Relocating to Tacoma, Washington Tafuna ensured he continued to play the game and joined the Tacoma Nomads.The dynamic prop, who loves to carry the ball, took the next step in his career in 2019 by joining Seattle Rugby Club to play in the British Columbia competition.

“I'm looking forward to learning from the experienced players on the team, increasing my rugby IQ and growing rugby here in the states. I'm just really excited to be in an organization with the best fans in the MLR, playing footy with some great lads and having fun playing the game I love.”

The 2021 MLR season is set to kick off March 20, 2021 with the Seawolves on the road to face the Houston SaberCats. TV and broadcast information will be announced soon via our official social media channels. Follow us on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter to stay up to date with all things Seattle Seawolves as we head into the season.