Isles Leaves Rugby, Joins NFL
It appears that Carlin Isles’s journey into rugby has lasted less than two years. AHe signed with the Detroit Lions practice squad today. After realizing he wasn’t going to make the 2012 Olympics as a sprinter Isles picked up rugby to keep his Olympic dreams alive. During his time with the Eagles he appeared in 12 tournaments and scored a number of tries. While he learned the game quickly and his speed gave opponents plenty of trouble there were other aspects of the game that he lacked. He was never a consistent presence in the starting lineup. By signing with the Lions practice squad he will earn considerably more than on a 7s contract and could even return to rugby in a few months time.
Camp for the boy’s High School All-Americans and the Junior All-Americans is underway in Arizona. Both teams announced their camp participants earlier in the week. The Junior All-Americans still do not have a coach in place although there are strong rumors that one has been chosen. Time is of the essence for the Junior All-Americans as they have only a few months before they play in the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong. The High School All-Americans are preparing for the Las Vegas 7s and their tour of England.
Boxing Day Matches
It’s Boxing Day, which means it’s time for local derbies in the United Kingdom. In the Scotland derby Glasgow used a try from Stuart Hogg and five penalties from Duncan Weir to defeat Edinburgh 20-16. In Wales, the Ospreys came from behind to defeat Scarlets 10-6.
Premiership, RFU Hold Euro Talks
The Premiership and the RFU sat down from Christmas Eve talks to discuss the future of English teams in European competition. As of now England will be the only country not to play in the Heineken Cup or Amlin Challenge Cup next year. However, that situation may be changing as it looks as if the English teams have new momentum on their side in negotiations with several other entities wanting the competition governed by someone other than the European Rugby Cup.
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