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 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 continued relationship and excited to move forward with a club that has such close connections to us and such a prestigious history. LIRFC toured Seattle in 2015 to play the Seattle Saracens and the match proved to be a great event with Seattle narrowly winning 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 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.
As one of the only recognized full-contact wheelchair sports by the International Paralympic Committee, the Seattle Slam Wheelchair Rugby Association is the only one of its kind in Washington state. We offer a rare opportunity for our members to play an intense and exciting sport, develop friendships, and bond through competition all the while benefiting emotionally and physically from a structured athletics program.
The Seattle Slam Wheelchair Rugby Association was founded as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit in 2007. Since that time, it has played a major role in improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis from spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities by providing them with a structured team based athletics program.
Wheelchair Rugby was founded by a quadriplegic in British Columbia, Canada and was originally called Murderball. The game quickly gained popularity with individuals dealing with paralysis due to a spinal cord injury or other type of physical permanent impairment. This must affect at least 3 limbs of their body to be allowed to play. The name was changed to Wheelchair Rugby and national and international governing bodies soon followed.
Seattle Slam competes in Division 1 of the United States Quadrugby Association and travels to regional and national tournaments every year. We are currently ranked 5th in the United States.
Valley Kangaroos RFC are 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 year 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 this year 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 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 settle to play for the Seattle team. The main 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 grow the link to the players in Montana and the Cutthroats was the club we hoped would be a partner club.
2016 saw Will Bass`s company ; Orion Backpacks , sponsor Seattle Saracens which is greatly appreciated and enables us to continue this journey together .
Also in 2016 Saracen's coaches Fitzpatrick , Flynn and Rissone went to Bozeman to Coach a 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.