Heritage and Story of Seattle Rugby
Seattle Rugby Football Club was formed over 50 years ago from humble beginnings in a Seattle house in 1966. A group of men decided to found The Seattle Rugby Club, adopting the killer whale, or Orca as its emblem.
The club, as to this day, played much of its rugby in the British Columbia Rugby League in Canada. In 1972 Seattle RFC became one of the founder members of the Fraser Valley Rugby Union (FVRU) in BC. The objective of the FVRU was to promote and expand rugby across the Pacific North West.
1972 also saw the emergence of a new rugby club in the Pacific NW called the Old Puget Sound Beach RFC (OPSB). This club was formed from the ranks of players involved with the University of Washington rugby program.
OPSB also began its days playing within the FVRU and local derby matches with the Seattle RFC were hotly contested over the next 30 plus years. FVRU was incorporated into British Columbia Rugby Union. Both Seattle-based teams competed in BCRU but also began competing in the newly formed USA Div. 1 league. As years passed, Seattle concentrated much of its rugby in BC but also played USA Division 1 whereas OPSB concentrated much of its rugby on USA Division 1.
OPSB Became charter members of the Rugby Super League (RSL) which was set up in hopes to promote elite rugby in the US. Although the league is no longer around today the desire to better rugby in the US has not died with it.
Over time and although arch-rivals, Seattle and OPSB saw the opportunity to help each other on both sides of the border and try and strengthen each other both on and off the field. In 2007 the clubs combined as Seattle Rugby.
In 1997 the women's rugby club in Seattle, the Seattle Breakers RFC, was approached by Seattle RFC and agreed to join forces and help develop rugby for men and women and build an all-encompassing rugby club.
As Seattle RFC grew, the interest came in 2013 from one of the top professional rugby clubs in Europe - London Saracens. They approached the Seattle RFC and encouraged the club to become the USA representative of its Global Network. The club changed its name and from 2014 to mid-2018 the Seattle Saracens were proud to be partnered with the Saracens Football Club and its global network. In August 2018 the club re-branded going back to its roots with a new logo based on the original Orca logo from 1966.
Today we are proud to be... the Seattle Rugby Club.
From our humble and different beginnings, we have evolved into who we are today. Through all the trials of strong competition, between OPSB and Seattle RFC on the field, the core of what we all believed in and wanted to remain strong.
Our goal is to provide rugby for both men and women at all levels and to promote the game into mainstream America.
In 2015 we won both the BCRU Men's & Women's Championship and won the USA Women's Div. 1 championship. We also are three times in a row USA Men's 7's championship holders and Women's 2015 USA 7's finalists. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 the Men's and Women's Premier teams advanced through to the final BCRU Premier League playoffs.
In 2018 the Seattle Saracens provided 16 players to the new Major League Rugby professional team, the Seattle Seawolves, and another 6 players to other MLR clubs in the inaugural season. The Seattle Seawolves won the 2018 & 2019 MLR Championships.
We are very proud of what we have all accomplished so far but aware the journey is never over and has actually just begun.
Seattle Rugby Club accepts the challenge to be champions on the field, provide rugby for all age groups and abilities, help our community, build friendships, create opportunities, and support families. Together we can share the great core values of rugby which are - friendship, respect, hard work, tolerance, and camaraderie.
The Seattle Rugby Club is proud to have been an elite rugby club in Seattle since 1966 – over 50 years of providing opportunities, both on and off the field. In addition to our Men’s and Women’s rugby program, our community mission is to enrich the lives of young people through our inclusive rugby and community outreach programs.
Come and join the journey, we promise it will be rewarding!