As part of a new partnership between the Aviva Premiership powerhouse Saracens and Seattle Rugby Club (formerly Seattle OPSB), two world-class players from the Saracens visited Seattle for a whirlwind 24 hours getting an inside view of Seattle’s rugby community including training with a host of Serevi Rugby athletes and some classic Seattle sightseeing.

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For a quick 24 hour stay on July 29th and 30th, Saracens’ players Neil De Kock and Owen Farrell were hosted by the Seattle Rugby Club and Serevi Rugby as part of the new partnership between the global rugby brand and the highly successful local club team. The full Saracens squad is in preseason training in Chicago, but De Kock and Farrell popped over to Seattle to solidify the partnership with Seattle and get to experience some of the strong rugby community that the city has to offer.

 

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As part of any visit to Seattle goes, the Serevi team took Farrell and De Kock to two of city’s most well known landmarks; the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. At the Market the Sarries showed some soft hands and deft passing ability not only with the rugby ball, but also with a Pacific Salmon alongside the world-famous Pike Place Fish Market guys.
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At the Space Needle, the pair got an extra special view of the city and Mt. Rainier from the roof top of the iconic Seattle landmark alongside Waisale Serevi and some of the team from Serevi Rugby. The evening wrapped up with a gathering with current and former players and supporters from the extended Seattle rugby community at Paddy Coyne’s on the Seattle Waterfront.
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But the visit wasn’t all play, as the two superstars rose early to train at the Serevi Rugby Institute with the more than 30 male and female athletes including USA Eagles Lou Stanfill, Shalom Suniula, Olive Kilifi, and USA Coach Justin Fitzpatrick. De Kock and Farrell were put through some rehab and regeneration by Serevi’s High Performance Manager Chris Tombs, and had time to chat about the game with local athletes and media.

Neil De Kock: What has been your impression of American rugby based on your visit to Seattle?