Seattle Saracens Head Coach Justin Fitzpatrick has hailed the visit of Saracens duo Neil de Kock and Owen Farrell to Saracens Global Network side Seattle Saracens, writes Matthew Hennessey.
41-year-old Fitzpatrick, who combines his role at Seattle Saracens with assisting Mike Tolkin’s USA Eagles side as forwards coach, believe the visit of the Saracens halfbacks will be of great benefit for Seattle’s players and staff alike.
“It’s great to have two established internationals come and visit us here in Seattle and experience what we are doing, and for our athletes to rub shoulders with them and see for themselves what the world’s best players do on a daily basis,” said Fitzpatrick, who played alongside Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall during his playing days at Ulster.
“It’s an experience that not many US players get to have, and in that respect the whole experience is gold plated one. I think that our partnership is really positive for both Seattle Saracens and American rugby”.
Fitzpatrick, whose coaching CV includes Dungannon RFC, Ireland Women’s team and the Pakistan national side, is hoping the Saracens partnership can help Seattle Saracens become the strongest club side in North America.
“We want to be the best club in North America,” said the 26 time former Ireland prop.
“We want to learn as much as we can as a club and we have a burning desire to be as professional as we can be in our attitude and how we prepare our players in and around their working lives. We want to constantly strive to be better and learn from those who are at the cutting edge of our sport. So it’s very exciting to have partnered with one of the world’s leading clubs, and to have joined their Global Network,” he added.
Justin Fitzpatrick was speaking to thisisamericanrugby.com.