The Seattle Seawolves signed Jake Turnbull for the 2023 Major League Rugby season after he was selected by the Seawolves in the 2022 MLR dispersal draft. The 29-year-old prop is 6’2″ and 255 lbs.
Jake played 537 minutes in 14 matches, starting 7, and scored 5 tries with the Austin Gilgronis in 2022 and was the 18th player to reach 50 MLR caps. He also was the captain of the USA Falcons against Argentina XV and Uruguay XV in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2021 he played 418 minutes in 12 matches, starting 5, for the Gilgronis.
In 2020 he played 299 minutes in all five matches for Old Glory DC, starting three times. Following the season, he returned to Australia and played for Randwick in the Shute Shield.
Jake played for the Houston SaberCats for the 2018 and 2019 seasons and was the SaberCats Academy Youth Development Coach, for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. In 2019 Jake played 286 minutes in 12 matches, carried the ball 23 times for 96 meters, and made 61 tackles.
During 2018, Jake played 374 minutes in seven of the eight regular-season matches, starting 4 and scoring one try. During week 3 of the MLR season, he was selected to the first team of the week at loosehead prop. A broken foot during the pre-season for the SaberCats impacted his early 2018 regular season playing time.
Jake is from Sydney, Australia, and went to Waverly College from 2006-2011 where he played rugby and then left for Eastern Suburbs in the Shute Shield from 2012-2017.
In 2015 he moved to Denver, Colorado where he played for the Glendale Raptors in the Pacific Rugby Premiership before returning to New South Wales and Eastern Suburbs. In 2016 he played for the Denver Stampede and then for New York Athletic Club in the American Rugby Premiership. He also was selected that year for the USA Rugby Selects in the Americas Pacific Challenge.
In 2017 he returned to Australia to play with Eastern Suburbs and attended the Australian College of Physical Education from 2017 to 2021, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Business, Sport, and Exercise. He also had a corporate partnership internship with Wests Tigers Rugby League Football from 2020 through 2021 and a corporate sponsorship internship with Easts Rugby Football Club in 2022.
During Fall, 2017 he signed with the Houston SaberCats as a player and as an Academy and Youth Development Coach. The Academy had several areas of focus: U20 Men, U19 Varsity HS, U17 Junior Varsity, and U15 HS.