Seattle’s Elite City 7s Team Proves Team Play Pays

On the weekend of August 16 and 17, 12 of the best club rugby 7s teams from seven northern and southern hemisphere nations will battle it out at Twickenham to be crowned the 2014 World Club 7s champions


Serevi® “powered” three teams at the Elite City 7s Tournament and two of them progressed to the Final. The selected teams from Seattle, Chicago, and San Diego were provided with top-level coaching, uniforms, and logistical support courtesy of our Seattle-based headquarters. Although the uniforms screamed rugby tradition in stripes and bright colors, it was the staff and players that created the noise at the tournament bringing both San Diego and Seattle to the final.

San Diego’s team, lead by USA 7s assistant and Serevi® coach Richie Walker, was comprised of men who are frequent athletes at the Olympic Training Center or members of the city’s senior club team formally coached by Walker.  The roster was extremely hopeful, but it ultimately lacked something Seattle’s players and coaches possessed come kick off: familiarity—not just with rugby 7s, but also with each other. Coach Waisale Serevi and Ben Gollings recruited 12 of the best players they could find from University teams in Washington and from the local men’s club team, Seattle OPSB. The tryouts were held at the conclusion of the club15s season and the team started practicing together right away.

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Serevi Rugby® invited the selected players from Seattle to train with the current Serevi Rugby Institute Senior Athletes at our local performance facility: NS Performance. The Serevi Rugby Institute boasts comprehensive and professional programs similar to those delivered to professional rugby teams around the globe. The Senior Athletes welcomed the Elite City 7s players to their early morning training sessions where they work on speed, agility, strength, and power lead by Gollings and Serevi’s High Performance Manager Chris Tombs. Serevi Rugby Athlete and Seattle City 7s team member Kellen Gordon says, “You trust your teammates when you know they are working as hard as you are.” The Seattle team met at the gym in the early mornings and on the field in the evenings twice a week ahead of EC7s.
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By kick off of the EC7s tournament, the Seattle All Star team was more prepared than some seasoned club 7s teams. Seattle OPSB is the home for a few former USA players so they admittedly were not starting from scratch, but it wasn’t individual player experience that won the tournament. The team’s success stemmed from practicing together consistently for 3 weeks ahead of the tournament. Waisale fostered comfort and familiarity amongst the players, which translated seamlessly onto the field in Houston. The team will continue to train together on and off the field leading up to World Club 7s in August.
Seattle’s John Cullen commented on the team’s finish, “It was an obvious team effort, we stuck to the plan we made at the first practice.” He emphasized, “No single player was expected to do more than anyone else.”
The Seattle men genuinely outplayed every team and are now excited to represent beyond the city of Seattle in Twickenham Stadium.

Serevi Rugby® offers on-field programming for coaches and players through the youth to elite spectrum. The Serevi Rugby Institute welcomes individual players, teams, and/or team units to enroll in our monthly programs sessions lead by Serevi coaches and rugby-focused strength and conditioning specialists. The Serevi Rugby Institute for Senior Athletes is the nation’s first rugby-specific Strength and Conditioning program delivered to club athletes. For more information on the Serevi Rugby Institute or how to become a Serevi Rugby Athlete visit