Seattle Seawolves Sign Western Men’s Rugby Alum Louie Henson


Seattle, December 14, 2017:  The Seattle Seawolves are thrilled to announce the signing of Western Men’s Rugby alumni, Louie Henson. Born and raised in Auburn, Washington, Henson has demonstrated his commitment to rugby in the Northwest throughout his athletic career. “It is fantastic to have so many local guys like Louie on the Seattle Seawolves team.” said Head Coach Tony Healy on the addition to the squad. “Major League Rugby will provide a good challenge for Louie, I am looking forward to watching him take on his competitors.”

Henson officially began his rugby career in 2010 with the Rainier Highlanders while competing as a football player for Auburn High School. His exposure to the sport came much earlier; his father was one of the founding members of Bellingham based club Chuckanut Bay RFC and is a Western Rugby alumnus. Having been immersed in rugby his entire life, he quickly fell in love with the sport and decided to continue playing at the same school his father attended with Western Washington University (WWU). Following his freshman year in 2013, he was a Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) 1st team selection and went on to captain the WWU Vikings from 2013 to 2017. During that time, he excelled as their tighthead prop and helped lead the Vikings to winning the NCRC 3 times and propelled them to 4 national tournament appearances. Most recently, Henson spent time overseas with the Henley Hawks competing in the National 2 League South.

Henson is ready for this next step in his career, saying, “It has always been my dream to play rugby at this level, and to do it in my hometown is a dream come true.” Henson said. “I am honored to join a club with so much talent and such an accomplished coaching staff. I can’t wait to get to work on winning the first MLR Championship.”

We are proud to welcome Louie Henson to the Seattle Seawolves.


More About the Seawolves:

The Seawolves are proud to be Seattle's Major League Rugby franchise. With an ownership group led by Seattle-based entrepreneurs Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner, the club was formed in 2017 and is a founding member of Major League Rugby. Select MLR games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network, as part of an exclusive, multi-year television partnership between Major League Rugby and the television network. The inaugural season kicks off Spring 2018, with all Seawolves home games being played at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington. Season tickets are now on sale. Reserve your seats here.

The Seawolves organization strives to develop, cultivate and expand the sport of rugby in the US while empowering discipline, duty, respect and a spirit of inclusion both on and off the pitch. The Seattle Seawolves aim to foster a winning culture by enabling its members to meet their true potential while pursuing excellence within the Major League Rugby competition. Community outreach is a key tenet of the Seawolves philosophy, and our organization strives to continually help to enrich and give back to the greater Seattle and Pacific Northwest areas.

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