Seattle Saracens Rugby Club is working hard to build partnerships with other clubs and rugby organizations to help develop and promote rugby here in the NW, the US and globally.
Building relationships and partnering towards a common goal enables us to help bring rugby to mainstream America. Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the US and we want to ensure those who start to play rugby continue to play from their youth programs, through to collegiate and/or club rugby and hopefully even represent the national team for both men and women.
By building these relationships and partnerships we hope to create a pathway for players and clubs to achieve their goals and grow our rugby family both on and off the field.
Chuckanut Bay Rugby - WA
Seattle Saracens are pleased that Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club has joined a growing number of clubs locally and further afield to partner with the our club for the betterment of rugby. Chuckanut Bay Rugby plays in USA National Division 1 Championship here locally in the Pacific NW and has been developing excellent rugby players for many years now, through their successful Youth Program.
Notable names to graduate to the USA Eagles from the Chuckanut Bay Rugby Program Include Shawn Pittman (Chuckanut Bay, Seattle Saracens, London Welsh and USA Eagles), Nick Wallace (Chuckanut, James Bay and USA Eagles) Titi Lamisotele (Chuckanut , London Saracens and USA Eagles). Seattle Saracens and Chuckanut Bay share the collective goal of developing rugby within our own clubs, the wider region and onwards to USA National Teams and providing rugby for all.
Both clubs are committed to working together on improving the levels of rugby and opportunities to play the sport, whilst increasing the popularity of the game within the Pacific Northwest and Nationally through increased numbers of players and supporters. We look forward to working together and achieving those goals.
Seattle Saracens and London Irish RFC have a rich linked history. Seattle Alum Geno McCarthy, Mark Bingham and Michael Smith all played for London Irish in the 80's. Kevin Flynn, the current Seattle Saracens President, and our former Director of Rugby, Justin Fitzpatrick, played together at London Irish through the 1990's as well.
Kevin Flynn also played with current coach of LIRFC amateurs; Duncan Cormack, at London Irish. Duncan played for Seattle in the Canadian Premiership competitions. LIRFC toured Seattle in 2015 to play Saracens and the match proved to be a great event with Seattle winning narrowly in a very hard fought game.
As we continue to grow the sport in the US we hope that our relationship will enable players to travel back and forth and experience rugby in each of our countries. We look forward to the continued relationship and excited to move forward with a club that has such close connections to us and such a prestigious history. As we continue to grow the sport in the US we hope that our relationship will enable players to travel back and forth and experience rugby in each of our countries.
We look forward to our continued relationship and are excited to move forward with a club that has such close connections to us and has such a prestigious history.
Oregon Sports Union (ORSU), out of Portland, fields rugby teams in USA Division 1 and Division 3 in the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union (PNRFU). ORSU has found success on and off the pitch by focusing on the fundamentals of rugby while creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness and family. Some of ORSU's players have gone on to represent the US in international competition.
Nic Johnson played for the Jesters before representing the Eagles in the 2011 World Cup. ORSU's home pitch affectionately known as "The Farm" is a unique property that the club is continuing to expand and hopes to turn into the one of the premier rugby facilities in the country. In partnering with the Seattle Saracens, ORSU looks forward to building the game together in the Pacific NW.
Valley Rugby - WA
Valley Kangaroos RFC is a local side in south Seattle who were formed 36 years ago. They currently play in the PNRFU D1 and field 2 men's sides.
In previous years, Valley were arch rivals to Seattle and endured some great games against each other. The last time these two clubs played each other was 2004 until 2016 when the Washington Cup was formed to play for between both teams.
The Saracens approached the Kangaroos to become a partner club to help promote NW rugby in the region and provide opportunities for young players to continue in rugby after education.
We look forward to a productive and fun future together promoting this great game and all it can offer on and off the field.
Bozeman Cutthroats have a history of players coming to play for the Seattle team. The recent link is Bozeman Cutthroat coach Will Bass, who has always been a Cutthroat, also came to play for Seattle in the US and BC leagues for a few seasons.
Seattle Saracen's wanted to develop the link to players in Montana and the Cutthroats was the club we hoped would be a partner club. 2016 also saw Will Bass`s company, Orion Backpacks, sponsor Seattle Saracens which was greatly appreciated and enabled us to continue this journey together.
In 2016 Saracen's Coaches Fitzpatrick, Flynn and Rissone went to Bozeman to coach a rugby clinic and enjoyed a well hosted weekend coaching the Cutthroats Rugby Club and the men and women of MSU.
We hope to continue the journey together and promote the sport and provide opportunities for all players across state lines.
The Eugene Rugby Football Union (ERFU) is Eugene, Oregon's own men's rugby team. The ERFU is a Division III team in the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union. ERFU shares this league with: ORSU Jesters (DIII), Portland Pigs (DIII), Corvallis Brewers, Seattle Quake, Clark County, Kitsap County, and the Battleground Bulls.
ERFU has been a dominant force in the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union (DIII) and has been building year after year to bring home the league title. ERFU has a rich past, but the Eugene "Stags" is a relatively new team with their inception in early 2014. Eugene rugby had a long run as the "Gentlemen" before their eventual decommission.