The Seattle Seawolves signed Seattle Rugby Club Orca and Westside Ronin Wing, Lauina Futi. The 25-year-old is 5’10” and 211 lbs.
Lauina was born in Mapusagafou, American Samoa, and attended Tafuna High School in his hometown of Pago Pago. He played football as a running back and helped the team win back-to-back championships during their two straight undefeated seasons.
After moving to California, he continued playing football, this time for Allan Hancock College in 2014 and 2015. He then moved to Boise, Idaho, and played rugby for the Rexburg Yetis, which was associated with BYU-Idaho in 2016. He joined 43rd State Crimson Lions Rugby, which later rebranded as Boise United Rugby in 2017, and played with the team’s D2/D3 in the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union competition.
In 2018, he moved to Seattle and joined the Seattle RFC Orcas, playing in both the Division 1 and Premier matches in the British Columbia Rugby Union league. He also played rugby sevens with the Westside Ronins, including going to USA Rugby Club Sevens Nationals in 2018 and 2019.
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Futi has proved himself lethal already in the club scene, as well as in training the past few weeks, with only more room to grow in the professional environment.
“Moving to Seattle and playing for the Seattle Rugby Club in 2018 taught me so much about this sport,” said Futi. “It will be a pleasure to represent the same city and rep the same colors with the Seawolves.”