The Seattle Seawolves Lauina Futi returns for the second year of a three-year contract which takes him through the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old wing (27 in January) is 5’10” and 205 lbs.
Lauina played 815 minutes in 17 matches, starting 11, and scored 4 tries for the Seawolves in 2022. He joined the Seawolves during the 2021 season and made an immediate impact. He played 547 minutes in 7 starts and scored 4 tries. After the season he played for the Ronins in the USA Rugby Club Sevens Nationals.
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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