The Seattle Seawolves signed Peter Malcolm through the 2025 Major League Rugby season after trading for him with the San Diego Legion in exchange for salary cap considerations in 2023. The 28-year-old hooker (29 in March) is 6’1″ and 240 lbs.
In 2022 he played in 13 matches with the Legion, and his combined total with both the Legion and Austin Elite is 33 matches with 10 tries.
Pete played 575 minutes in 15 matches, starting 5, and scored 4 tries in 2021 with the Legion.
Peter was signed by Austin Elite Rugby for the inaugural 2018 MLR season. He was named captain, however, a pre-season knee injury derailed his playing during the regular season. He returned to the team in 2019 and played 423 minutes in eight matches during the second half of the season. He carried the ball 27 times for 174 meters and made 58 tackles.
He signed with San Diego Legion for the 2020 season, and played 149 minutes in all five matches, starting once and scoring one try. While he was with the Austin Gilgronis, “his versatility and aggression on the field caught the eyes of SD Legion coaches”. “He is a player that will hit tackles, mauls, and rucks consistently throughout the entire game. He plays with tireless effort, and we look forward to seeing how he performs on the field next spring.”
Peter is from Huntington, Maryland, and graduated from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he played both rugby and football. Upon graduation, he continued playing rugby at Wheeling Jesuit University where he was named a Collegiate All-American.
He was also selected to play with the USA Falcons at the Halloween 7s that was held in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 31 and November 1, 2015. Developmental national sides from the USA, Argentina, and Canada, as well as current Academy sides, Tiger Rugby, Rugby Utah, and the Denver 7s also participated. This tournament provided high-performance opportunities for athletes and a selection vehicle for inclusion in the HSBC Sevens Series.
Peter is a versatile player, as he played hooker and flanker in the inaugural PRO Rugby season with the Ohio Aviators. Malcolm has adjusted well to the city of Austin, where he helped lead the Austin Huns to win the USA Club National Championship.
Peter captained the USA Men’s Collegiate All-Americans against Oxford University on September 16, 2017, at Talen Energy Stadium, in Chester, PA. This was played prior to the Aviva Premiership Rugby match between the Newcastle Falcons and the Saracens.
After the match, he was named to the USA Rugby Selects that played in the Americas Pacific Challenge in Uruguay, Oct. 7-15, 2017. The team played Samoa A, Uruguay A, and Canada A on Oct. 7, 11, and 15, respectively.
Peter has earned 11 caps for the US Eagles and is Eagle 505. He was named for the Eagles 2019 Americas Rugby Championship squad, but his return from injury impacted his selection.
Seattle Seawolves Comments
“I’m delighted to announce the signing of Peter Malcolm from San Diego on a three-year deal,” said Seawolves director of rugby and head coach Allen Clarke. “An ever-present force in the MLR, he adds significant quality to our competition at Hooker and is highly driven to re-establish himself in the USA Senior squad having been first capped in 2017. We welcome Peter and his wife Megan to the Seawolves family.”
“I am so pleased to be joining the Seawolves. The atmosphere every time I have visited Starfire has been electric and I can’t wait to feel that home crowd behind us,” said Malcolm. “Excited beyond words to get to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and get to work.”
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