The Seattle Seawolves re-signed Lauina Futi, through the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old wing (26 in January) is 5’10” and 210 lbs.
Lauina joined the Seawolves during the 2021 season and made an immediate impact. He played 547 minutes in 7 starts and scored 4 tries.
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.
Seattle Seawolves Comments
Committed to the Hunt in the Seattle Southside through 2024, Wing Lauina Futi isn’t going anywhere but the try zone for seasons to come.
“We’re delighted Ina has signed a 3-year contract with the Club. He’s a shining example to other young players in Washington State who dream to be a Seawolf. He’s a fan favorite already, and it’s exciting to think about just how good he’ll be in one or two years as he continues to develop with us. We’re delighted to welcome Ina, Sosefina, and baby Lii long term to the Seawolves family.” – Allen Clarke, head coach, and director of rugby