The Seattle Seawolves signed Jope Motokana for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old scrumhalf is 5’6″.
Jope is from Suva, Fiji, but grew up in Seattle where he began playing rugby at 10 years old. He attended Mountlake Terrace High School and played for the Seattle Vikings before joining Old Pudget Sound Beach Rugby Club (Seattle Saracens). He then joined Metropolis Rugby Club in Minneapolis for a year before returning to Seattle to play with the Seattle Saracens again since 2014.
In 2016 Jope played with the Sacramento Express in PRO Rugby and then back with the Saracens and the Westside Ronins in sevens. For the latter, he captained the team and it advanced to the USA Club 7s Nationals in 2019.
Jope was part of the 2019 Seawolves preseason squad and played against the Vancouver Selects and San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club.
Jope also played for the Pacific Rovers and the Serevi Selects. He also played for the Seattle Saracens in 2014 against the USA Selects.
Jope represented the Seattle Saracens at the USA Club 7s Nationals in 2015. He also played for the USA Falcons in Sevens.
Seattle Seawolves Comments
“I’m ready for the chance to play at the next level in my hometown with the Seawolves,” said Motokana. “To get to train and play with, and play against, some of the best players in the world is such an exciting challenge and I am looking forward to it.”