The Seattle Seawolves brought back Louie Henson, who played in the inaugural Major League Rugby season in 2018, for the 2021 season. The 26-year-old hooker (27 in April) is 6’2″ and 250 lbs.
Louie played 29 minutes in two match wins over Austin Elite and the Glendale Raptors in 2018, and then returned to Seattle RFC and played in the British Columbia Premier League.
Henson was born and raised in Auburn, Washington, and graduated from Auburn High School where he played football.
Henson was exposed to rugby at age 7 when his family took a trip to Ireland. His father Gerry, was one of the founding members of Bellingham-based club Chuckanut Bay RFC and is a Western Rugby alumnus. Louie started playing rugby with the Rainer Plateau Junior Rugby Association in 2010. Louie represented Washington State with the Loggers in 2012 before continuing at Western Washington State University from 2013 through his graduation with a BS in Operations Management in 2017.
Following his freshman year, he was a Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) 1st team selection and went on to captain the WWU Vikings from 2013 to 2017. He excelled at tighthead prop and helped lead the Vikings to win the NCRC title three times and gain 4 national tournament appearances.
In 2017, Henson spent time overseas with the Henley Hawks competing in the National 2 League South in the United Kingdom. He then returned home in 2017 and joined Seattle Rugby Club.
Seattle Seawolves Comments
We are excited to welcome Henson back to the pack ahead of Major League Rugby 2021 to add depth to our front row and his technical skillset to our set-piece. “I am honored to be able to take the field with some absolute legends of the game. I am thrilled to be able to continue my career at home in front of the best fans in rugby,” said Henson. “I’m just blessed to join a great organization, and to play some good rugby.”
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