The Seattle Seawolves re-signed John Hayden, a prop, for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. John will be 28-yeard-old at the end of December. He is 6’2″ and 275 lbs.
John has been an impact player for the Seawolves during the first two seasons. He played 223 minutes in 8 matches before suffering an injury halfway through 2019. He also had 18 carries for 76 meters and made 29 tackles.
John is from Fallbrook, California and attended Fallbrook Union High School. He began his rugby career with Fallbrook in 2006 and continued there until his graduation in 2010. He was honored by the school with his induction into the Fallbrook Rugby Hall of Fame.
John quickly became an accomplished player while at Fallbrook and was selected to the High School All-Americans in 2010. The All-Americans split two matches against Ontario, losing the first 27-26 on July 3, 2010, and then two days later beating them 46-27 to win the series. Hayden also played for the SoCal Griffins Under-18s Select Side in 2009 and again in 2010.
John Hayden & Post High School Rugby
There seems to be an information gap about Hayden from the time he graduated, until when he entered Central Washington University in 2015.
Hayden attended Central Washington University from 2015 to 2017, where he has been an outstanding student-athlete. He is a two-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference honoree in 2016-2017. He also was a GNAC Far Scholarship Athletic Award Recipient both years. He is listed as a Biology major (Pre-Vet) with a 3.91 GPA his Junior year and 3.96 his Senior year.
In 2017 he was selected as a USA Rugby Collegiate All-American Honorable Mention. During the Fall 2017 season, he played with the Seattle Saracens and was selected as a home reserve for the Americas Pacific Challenge tournament.
Following the 2018 and 2019 Major League Rugby season, he returned to play with the Seattle Saracens and was selected to the USA Rugby Selects for the Americas Pacific Challenge in 2018.