The Seattle Seawolves signed Vili Toluta’u for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. During the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Vili helped the Seawolves win back-to-back MLR Championships.
The 24-years-old (25 in January) flanked is 6’0″ and 235 lbs. During the 2019 season, he was limited to playing in 4 games, including coming back to play in the Championship. He sustained a broken leg early in the season which limited his playing time to 207 minutes. He scored 1 try, had 57 carries for 419 meters and made 56 tackles.
Vili is from Tavutoka, Tongatapu, Tonga, but grew up in Wailuku, Hawaii and graduated from Henry Perrine Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii. He started playing rugby with Maui Rugby at the Kihei Youth Center. There, coach Jack Breen provided his early rugby fundamentals along with high school teammate in both football and track, Vekekina Fokelelei Malafu, who played rugby at Kutztown University and then for Austin Elite Rugby.
Vili was selected to the Boys High School All-Americans for two consecutive years and played in the Rosslyn Park Sevens and the Las Vegas Invitational. He also toured South America with the All-Americans tour of Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina.
After high school graduation, he went to Central Washington University on a rugby scholarship. Toluta’u continued his age-group pathway, playing twice for the Junior and Collegiate All-Americans. He played for the Under-20s at the 2013 and 2014 Junior World Cup Trophy Competition. He also played in 2014 for the MCAAs against Cambridge University and the Ontario Blues. Vili has represented the USA Falcons at the Las Vegas Invitational.
The USA Rugby National team tried to convert Vili to hooker, but that was scrapped when he performed well at flanker. In 2018 he played for the Eagles against Canada on June 23 and then for the USA Selects in the Americas Pacific Challenge.
Vili has proved to be a difficult ball-carrier to tackle. He earned Player of the Week honors for the Seattle Seawolves in 2018 and he helped the team win back-to-back Major League Rugby Championships in 2018 and 2019.