Seattle Seawolves & Nakai Penny
The Seattle Seawolves re-signed flanker Nakai Penny for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-Old former UBC Thunderbird is 6’3″ and 215 pounds.
Penny was born in Penticton, British Columbia and played rugby throughout high school at Penticton Secondary where he graduated in 2014. That year, the Pen High Lakers advanced to the AAA Okanagan Valley semifinal where they lost to the Salmon Arm Gold 17-12 in overtime.
Penny then enrolled at the University of British Columbia in 2014 and played with the Thunderbirds through 2017. He majored in Kinesiology.
In 2015 he played with future Seawolves teammate Brock Staller, as the Thunderbirds placed 3rd at the 2015 World University Rugby Cup. At the tournament, they had a significant win over the New Zealand Universities.
The team also won the B.C Premier League for 3 consecutive years from 2015 to 2017. He won the 2015 Canadian Rugby Championship with the B.C U19 men and was selected to Canada’s U20 squad in 2016.
In 2017 he played at flanker with the BC Bears and won the 2017 Canadian Rugby Championship alongside fellow Seawolves Phil Mack, George Barton, and Brock Staller. In 2018 he also was on the BC Bears and played in two matches.
Seattle indicated that in re-signing Nakai that “the flanker adds even more depth to the Seawolves forward pack with his physicality carrying the ball with pace and strength in contact. Penny is not someone you want to run into on either side of the ball and provides more athleticism to our set pieces.”