Seattle Seawolves & Connor Weyell
The Seattle Seawolves announced the signing of former University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbird, Connor Weyell at lock.
Connor was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C) and was introduced to rugby through his father, who played the sport. He attended Handsworth Secondary School and played both for his high school team, as well as for his local rugby club Capilano RFC.
Following high school, Weyell attended the University of British Columbia and played rugby with the Thunderbirds from 2012 to 2017. The Thunderbirds placing 3rd at the 2015 World University Rugby Cup and winning the B.C Premier League for 3 consecutive years from 2015 to 2017.
Weyell continued his rugby accomplishments winning the 2017 Canadian Rugby Championship, playing at lock for the BC Bear’s Senior Men’s team alongside his former UBC teammates and future Seawolves, Phil Mack, George Barton, and Cam Polson.
To win the 2017 Canadian Rugby Championship, the BC Bears went 4-0 beating the Prarie Wolfpack 43-0, the Atlantic Rock 20-13, and the Ontario Blues 34-31 and 30-29 in the Final. In 2017 he also continued to play with Capilano RFC in the BC Premier League.
Connor also was honored with the 2016 British Columbia Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport. He was one of twelve outstanding Aboriginal youth athletes recognized with the awards. “The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Government of British Columbia, created the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport to highlight the incredible achievements of Aboriginal youth athletes in the province.”
Head Coach Tony Healy said, “Connor is an extremely intelligent player who will thrive in the highly competitive environment that will prevail in the MLR. The Seawolves will benefit from both his character and superb work ethic.”
Weyell is excited to play in Seattle, saying, “I am looking forward to getting involved with the community to help the growth of rugby in the Pacific Northwest.”
Seattle Seawolves Rugby
- Curry Hitchborn – Rugby Development Director
- Brian Jones – Chief Commercial Officer
- John Clavin – Advisory Board
- Tony Healy – Head Coach
- Phil Mack – Backs Coach, Scrum-half
- Matthew Turner – Operations Director & Back
- 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
- Cam Polson – Lock
- Connor Weyell – Lock