The Seattle Seawolves re-signed New Zealand Brad Tucker for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old lock/back-row is 6’5″ and 255 lbs.
Brad played in the World Tens Series with the Ohio Aviators 10s in Bermuda earlier this month. During the 2020 season, he started all five matches at lock.
During the 2019 season, he played 1396 minutes as a starter in all 18 matches. He scored 7 tries, carried the ball 188 times for 1073 meters, made 6 linebreaks, 8 tackle breaks, 19 offloads, kicked 3 times for 78 meters, and made 296 tackles.
Brad and his brother James grew up in Christchurch, going through St Bede’s College and the Canterbury age-grade rugby system. James also played professionally for Waikato and the Super Rugby Chiefs.
Brad also attended St Pius X College and Lincoln University. He played for the Canterbury Under-20s in 2012 and was on their Metro and 7s teams from 2012-2016.
In 2014 he won the Millar Cup award as Club Sportsperson of the Year for Christchurch Football Club. He also played club rugby with the Hamilton Marist and New Plymouth OB.
In 2016 he played provincial rugby in the Mitre 10 Cup competition with Waikato Rugby. His debut was against Manawatū in a Ranfurly Shield challenge. He then moved to Taranaki Rugby in 2017 where he played in 7 matches. He also played for New Zealand Marist at No. 8 for one match and captained the side.
In 2018, Brad moved to the Manawatu Turbos and made 9 appearances. He also played with Christchurch and with the Old Boys Marist.
Brad is a seasoned veteran and brought his international experience to the Seattle Seawolves in playing Major League Rugby in 2019 and will continue to do so in 2020.
Seattle Seawolves 2020 Comments
He was the 2019 Major League Rugby Player of the Year. The versatile forward suited up for every match and dominated on both sides of the ball while doing it. Tucker’s stats tell all as he racked up the league-high of 296 tackles, 7 tries, 19 offloads, and 188 ball carries. Tucker will remain a threat in 2020 for Seattle regardless of the number on his back in any given game. Welcome back to the Seattle Southside, Brad! #TogetherWeHunt #DefendTheDynasty