Fastest rugby player Carlin Isles speaks out

(IRB.COM) Thursday 7 February 2013
 Fastest rugby player Carlin Isles speaks out
Carlin Isles is the fastest rugby player in the world

Carlin Isles has become a global sensation during the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, billed as the world's fastest rugby player, ahead of the likes of Joe Rokocoko.

The USA Sevens wing arrived from nowhere this season, before showcasing his express speed in the opening four rounds in Australia, Dubai, South Africa and New Zealand.

Perhaps the most talked about player around at the moment, the man who has a personal best of 10.13 seconds in the 100m, revealed how he got into the newest Olympic sport.

"I was watching Sevens at home and saw these fast paced people, making breakaways, doing crazy things, and thought how exciting it looked," said Isles, who also runs the 60m in 6.65 seconds.

"I saw the gaps that were there and thought I could be quite good at this, so I went onto to the USA Rugby website and found the CEO Nigel Melville.

"I then sent him an email, not thinking anything of it because I was training for some trials I had qualified for. He called me the next morning, early, we started talking, and four days later I up and left to Aspen, Colorado, and started training."

Isles speaks out

Since he took up the sport, Isles' has seen his dreams and goals change, having previously raced against the likes of Tyson Gay and Olympic gold medallist Justin Gatlin.

He grew up playing NFL, before being given a scholarship to run track and play American football at college, becoming one of the top 40 sprinters in the world before switching to Sevens.

"Things have turned and went so quickly and so fast, the visions that I had and the dreams and the goals I set have come so fast that I can't believe it," added Isles.

"I work so hard and I just kept battling and didn't give up, even when times were rough I just kept going and things just fell into place.

"To be a team player and to represent the USA is great. You learn and know it takes a core group to come together and become one as a unit, when you accomplish something together you cherish and honour it more, and you are like a family."

Isles opened his account against the reigning Series champions New Zealand, and will now take to a home field, the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, this weekend against Samoa, Australia and Spain in the pool stages, but how does he handle the hype?

"To be the most talked about rugby player at the moment is like a dream come true and before I started playing I had that vision.

"I wanted to show other people what I could do, and show people that if you believe and work hard you can do anything. For me it is an honor and I am thankful for it.

"It is a tough sport and a fast paced game, there is no sport like it. One thing I can do is use my speed. I love running, I love running fast, I love rugby."

Las Vegas Sevens

Round 5
13-15 February 2015
Sam Boyd Stadium
City: Las Vegas
Capacity: 36,800

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
  • Cecil Afrika
  • South Africa won the USA Sevens
  • Zack Test, USA