The Seattle Saracens (formerly Seattle RFC and Old Puget Sound Beach after a merger) is a rugby union club based in Seattle. The club travels throughout the US and into Canada. In 2014 the club was ranked as the number one US club while also playing in a Canadian league based in British Columbia (BCRU). Old Puget Sound Beach was a charter member of the now defunct USA Super League in the Pacific Coast USA Rugby territory.
|Full name||Seattle Saracens|
|Union||British Columbia Rugby Union|
|Founded||1966 (as Seattle RFC) & 1971 (as OPSB)|
|League(s)||BCRU 1st division and Premier|
Founded in 1966, Seattle RFC was a group of enthusiastic rugby players who had responded to an ad in the local Seattle Times looking to get a game of rugby going.
Old Puget Sound Beach Rugby Football Club played its first game in the fall of 1971.
In 1996, Seattle RFC joined with the local women’s rugby club called the Breakers. This proved to be an opportunity for both men and women to prosper in the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union. The women’s USA Division-1 team has consecutively been within the top 16, ‘Sweet 16’, in the nation and continues to play in the BCRU Premier League.
For decades, Seattle and OPSB were local adversaries and had many spirited matches. In 2006, Seattle RFC men’s teams and OPSB’s men’s teams combined resources and were able to field a squad in the now defunct USA Rugby Super League as well as 2 squads in the BC Rugby Union’s 1st and 2nd division in Canada.
After years of mixed success, the Super League teams grew a culture of winning and reached the playoff rounds 3 years in a row, and the finals twice. The BCRU teams were also consistently near the top teams in their respective divisions, reaching the playoffs in most of their seasons. A combined 8 National Sevens titles, as well as winning the bowl in the 2014 World Club Sevens Championships, success was proven achievable on the big stages. With an injection of talented players and coaching staff such as Waisale Serevi, Ben Gollings, and Justin Fitzpatrick, Seattle-OPSB felt ready to take the next steps towards growing the club and rugby in the Pacific Northwest.
In June 2014, Seattle-OPSB joined the Saracens Global Network, renaming themselves as Seattle Saracens. They are the ninth team to join the network, after VVA Saracens, São Paulo Saracens, Abu Dhabi Saracens, KL Saracens, Impala Saracens Nairobi, Timisoara Saracens and Toa Saracens. On May 9, 2015, the Seattle Saracens beat Meraloma Rugby 26-25 in the Division 1 final. As a result, they were promoted to the CDI Premier League.
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- "Seattle Saracens join Global Network" (Press release). Saracens Global Network. June 24, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- Curtis (May 10, 2015). "Seattle Saracens Secure Promotion To BC Premier League". This Is American Rugby. Retrieved September 26, 2015.