Carlin Isles commits to rugby
February 6, 2014
Carlin Isles is a headline attraction on the IRB Sevens World Series © Getty Images
Carlin Isles has committed himself to rugby union, saying the game "has been a blessing" to him.
The United States Sevens star, the fastest man in rugby who headlined the 2012-2013 IRB Sevens World Series, signed a practice contract with the Detroit Lions National Football League team in January, leading people to believe he would switch to American football.
But Isles has confirmed he will remain in rugby as he can have a lasting impact on the growth of the game in the United States.
"I think I can help it grow a lot, man," Islaes told Fairfax Media in New Zealand. "From what I've heard, I've already helped it grow and I think I can make it grow even more popular than it is now. For me, that's a big thing and it makes me happy that I can do that and I want to make it grow even more."
Isles, a former track star with a personal-best time of 10.13 seconds for the 100 metres, said ahead of the Wellington Sevens this weekend that he had "just gotten used to finally being comfortable doing things I normally wouldn't do".
"I'm just being able to actually be confident in being a true rugby player," he said as he pledged to "put on a show" for the fans at Westpac Stadium.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
"Like the Treaty of Versailles, despite all the promises, the new Participation Agreement is certainly not the final solution." John Taylor writes
"We know where we are going and we know where we want to get but how long that will take is anybody's guess." David Humphreys on his plans for Gloucester
Jim Mallinder and Justin Burnell were sat on the same top table, but in different circumstances. Tom Hamilton reports on the Aviva Premiership season launch
Tom Hamilton reports back from the launch of the Guinness PRO12 where there is a renewed sense of optimism with all of the off-field changes to the league