USA Eagles Star Shalom Suniula signs with Seattle Seawolves


Seattle, October 19, 2017: Seattle Seawolves Rugby is thrilled to announce the signing of USA Rugby star Shalom Suniula. Coming from a family of rugby players, Shalom has made 18 appearances for the US national rugby union team. “Shalom is an exciting and skilled attacking player whose qualities should fit well into the vision of our style of game. His experience and intensely competitive nature will be an asset to our team as we embark on our MLR adventure,” said Tony Healy, the head coach of Seattle Seawolves Rugby. Former captain of US 7s team, Shalom is excited about the new challenge, “I’m happy about the immediate opportunity the Seawolves & MLR provide to play at the highest level locally. I’m more excited about where this could go and the opportunities this will provide players in America moving forward." said Suniula at the time of announcement. Shalom, who is currently employed with Atavus Rugby, is also looking at the sport’s promising future in the USA. “Working at Atavus has given me the opportunity to work with well over 1,000 aspiring players per year, hoping to raise a young generation of Eagles who will hopefully go on and do 10 times better than I ever did,” said Shalom.

We are proud to welcome Shalom Suniula to the Seawolves family.


More about Shalom Suniula:

Suniula debuted for the Men’s Eagles Sevens at the NAWIRA Rugby World Cup Sevens Qualifier in 2008 and earned a spot on the team for the 2008-09 HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Series. Suniula was a part of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 team and appeared in every leg of the 2009-10 Series. He was also a member of the bronze medal-winning Eagles at the 2011 Pan American Games. He made his full international test debut with the Eagles in a Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier match against Uruguay in March of 2014. Shalom’s brothers Andrew and Roland Suniula also both played for the United States national teams. Suniula currently works with Atavus Rugby to grow the game in America.

More about the Seattle Seawolves: 

The Seawolves are proud to be Seattle's Major League Rugby franchise. With an ownership group led by Seattle-based entrepreneur's Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner, the club was formed in 2017 and is a founding member of Major League Rugby. The inaugural season kicks off in Spring 2018 and the venue will be Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Brian Jones at


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