The Seattle Seawolves added Canadian international Jake Ilnicki for the remainder of the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old prop is 5’11” and 276 lbs.
Jake is from Williams Lake, British Columbia and played rugby for the University of Victoria after attending Williams Lake Secondary. He played age-grade rugby with the Canada U20s after playing with the Williams Lake Rustlers. He captained the side that faced the US in 2012.
Jake made his senior men’s test debut for Canada in 2013 against Georgia and has 33 caps, his last in the 2020 Rugby World Cup Qualifier against Hong Kong in November 2018. He also appeared in one match for Canada in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
He moved to Australia in 2014 and played for Eastern Suburbs and the New South Wales Country Eagles. In 2016 he played for the San Diego Breakers and at the conclusion of the season returned to the Southern Hemisphere to join the Manawatu Turbos of New Zealand. Then it was onto the United Kingdom to play with the Northampton Saints of Premiership Rugby. In 2017, he moved to the Newcastle Falcons and in the 2018-2019 season, he played with Yorkshire Carnegie of the RFU Championship.