Sprinter Isles commits to rugby with Glasgow
Carlin Isles, the American sprinter who made his name in rugby on the HSBC Sevens World Series, has signed for the Glasgow Warriors, ending speculation that he was bound for the NFL.
The 24-year-old former track athlete made his international debut for the Eagles Sevens team on the Gold Coast in October 2012 and has since been dubbed the 'fastest rugby player in the world', scoring 27 tries in 14 international sevens tournaments.
Having signed a practice contract with the Detroit Lions NFL franchise, he has now committed to Rugby and a stadium which he already knows, having also played in Glasgow on the World Series.
“I can’t wait to fly over to Glasgow and join up with my new teammates. Everything has happened so quickly for me over the last couple of years and I’m just happy to be playing rugby and getting the opportunity to play at the highest level," said Isles, who may still turn out for the Eagles Sevens side.
“It's very exciting to be moving to the 15-a-side game. It's a lot different to Sevens but I want to work hard and do everything I can to succeed.
"I've been in contact with Gregor (Townsend) a few times and knowing he really wants me and sees something in me means a lot and was a big factor in deciding to join the club."
Townsend: A major coup
“This is a major coup for the club and a very exciting prospect," said former Scotland international Townsend, who is now in charge at Glasgow. “Carlin is an exceptionally gifted athlete, who has picked up the game of rugby in a very short period of time and has had a huge impact on the sevens circuit over the last couple of years.
“He is really eager to learn and develop as a winger in the fifteen-a-side game. With his lightning pace and evasion skills, he already has an excellent base to challenge for a starting place until the end of the season. I can't wait to get him over here to learn the 15s game, but there may also be an opportunity for him to play at the Melrose Sevens in April, after we were invited to play in the tournament for the first time.
“We have a few injuries in our backline, with DTH van der Merwe out for the rest of the season and Sean Maitland currently on the sidelines, so it's great that we're able to strengthen our squad at this time and I’m sure he’ll fit in really well at Scotstoun."
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