Ilnicki Becomes Seawolf, Reinforces Seattle Front Row


With years of experience from all over the globe in his position, the tighthead prop is eager to make his impact in the Seattle pack.




May 17, 2019


SEATTLE - The Seattle Seawolves are excited to announce the signing of Canadian international, Jake Ilnicki.
Ilnicki hails from Williams Lake, British Columbia and played rugby for the University of Victoria. The Canada U20 age-grade program came knocking after early prowess with the Williams Lake Rustlers, captaining the side that faced the US in 2012. Ilnicki made his senior men’s test debut for Canada in 2013 against Georgia and has been collecting his 31 caps ever since. His international journey started in 2014 when he took to Australia to play for the New South Wales Country Eagles. In 2015 Ilnicki was called up to represent his country in the Rugby World Cup. A professional opportunity in the states brought Ilnicki to the US for a season, suiting up for the San Diego Breakers for a lone season in 2016 before heading back to the southern hemisphere to join the Manawatu Turbos of New Zealand. After a short stint with the Turbos, Ilnicki headed to Northampton to run with the Saints of Premiership Rugby. In 2017, he stayed within the league but landed a contract with the Newcastle Falcons. Ilnicki comes to the Seawolves by way of his latest side, the Yorkshire Carnegie of the RFU Championship. Ilnicki brings years of international front row experience and technical skill to solidify Seattle’s set piece and serve as a ball-carrying threat in open field.


“I've heard nothing but good things about the club and the city,” said Ilnicki. “My mom is very excited that I'm going to be playing closer to home.”