Seattle Seawolves & Louie Henson
The Seattle Seawolves announced the signing of Western Men’s Rugby alumni, Louie Henson. He is 6’2″ and 245 pounds.
Henson was born and raised in Auburn, Washington and graduated from Auburn High School where he played football.
Henson was exposed to rugby at age 7 when his family took a trip to Ireland. His father Gerry, was one of the founding members of Bellingham based club Chuckanut Bay RFC and is a Western Rugby alumnus. Louie started playing rugby with the Rainer Plateau Junior Rugby Association in 2010 and then continued at Western Washington State University from 2013 through his graduation with a BS in Operations Management in 2017.
Following his freshman year, he was a Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) 1st team selection and went on to captain the WWU Vikings from 2013 to 2017. He excelled at tighthead prop and helped lead the Vikings to win the NCRC title three times and gain 4 national tournament appearances.
In 2017, Henson spent time overseas with the Henley Hawks competing in the National 2 League South in the United Kingdom.
Head Coach Tony Healy said that “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. Major League Rugby will provide a good challenge for Louie, I am looking forward to watching him take on his competitors.”
Henson said, “It has always been my dream to play rugby at this level, and to do it in my hometown is a dream come true. 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.”
Seattle Seawolves Rugby
- Curry Hitchborn – Rugby Development Director
- Brian Jones – Chief Commercial Officer
- John Clavin – Advisory Board
- Tony Healy – Head Coach
- Phil Mack – Player/Coach
- Matthew Turner – Operations Director & Player
- Ray Barkwill – Hooker
- Olive Kilifi – Prop
- Eric Duechle – Backrow
- Shalom Suniula – Flyhalf
- George Barton – Center
- Aladdin Schirmer – Backrow
- Brock Staller – Outside Center
- Jeremy Lenaerts – Lock
- Riekert Hattingh – Eight-man
- Garrett Bender – Backrow
- John Hayden – Prop
- Mike Palefau – Fullback
- Dion Crowder – Wing
- Louie Henson – Prop