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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Seattle Ready For Club 7s Nationals

Press Release

On August 13th and 14th, the Seattle Saracens will be flooding into the Dick’s Sporting Goods Stadium in Denver for the USA 7’s Rugby Nationals.  Seattle will be sending both their top men’s and top women’s players to test their metal against the country’s best clubs.
 
The Saracens women’s team is in their hunt for their 1st National Championship and the men will be looking to win their 4th straight National Championship, their 9th ever.
 
Last year Seattle’s men completed the three-peat and won the country’s top prize in 7’s rugby.  The Saracens women were runner’s up.  The veterans on the women’s team who competed last year will be leading the charge towards 7’s glory.

Seasoned rugby player, but new to the Saracens, Sequoyah Combs said this when asked about being part of a team going for it's 4th National Championship in a row. "It's an honor to be part of the team trying to do something so monumental. It's a blessing to know that the hard work given on and off the field has brought me here, but the journey isn't done until the final whistle blows at Nationals. The veterans have taught me that to succeed we have to both trust in the system we've built and have a belief that we are not just a team but a family."

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Throughout this summer’s qualifying tournaments both Seattle teams have dominated their fields and have been growing better every week.  Qualifying for Nationals in San Francisco on July 30th, the players had a weekend off of competition, but have been training hard to realize not only their personal goals but also their goals as a team.

Seattle Saracens speedster Kelsi Stockert described how her team is feeling leading up to the Nationals. "The vibe on our team is calmness and confidence. We know we have the ability to win, and this year were hungry for it. We all know our roles, we all know what needs to be done, and we trust each person to the left and right of us. This year, and the build up to Nationals reminds me of the calm before the storm."
 
Riding the wave of rugby’s growing popularity, this National tournament will be held just days after the gold medals are handed out to in the Rio Olympics.  Rugby is making its return to the Olympic games for the first time since 1924. 
 
Seattle is hoping to be front and center when the newly minted fans whom have just discovered rugby in the Olympics will be watching the excitement.
 
Rugby fans that are unable to make the trip to Denver can catch the Seattle Saracens take on the rest of the rugby 7’s field on http://www.usaclub7s.com/watch.html .

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