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Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

See, I think most of what you say is true, but when you say "lack of handling skills", that makes no sense to me. How do you know he doesn't have those skills or cannot refine/develop them? Everyone wants to be a pundit and predict from one highlight clip whether Isles is the real deal for 7s or 15s, but why?

He's an exciting player, one who people are most likely to watch closely because his speed suggests something could happen each time he touches the ball. I hope he takes this solid start to his rugby career and not only develops himself, but also inspires some other young people to take up rugby.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

If you really wanted to know, Google is your friend. He was one of the top HS running backs in Ohio.
http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/T_m0EljuHk2pgLJBJuQ8TQ/football-fall-07/stats-carlin-isles.htm

Not sure about college, but the kid could play.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

Fair enough. Too bad Howlett's too old now to see them match up.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

You say that now, he's only been playing rugby for 12 weeks. No one here has any idea if "his only attribute is his speed." Why couldn't he be "a great distributor of the ball." He certainly seems to have the ambition and motivation to learn other core skills. He's played American football, so he's taken a few hits.

He very well may be a quality player long term, but your instant dismissal of Isles is unbecoming. He's an intriguing player that hasn't earned his stripes yet, but just the same, you can't just write him off because he's new to the scene.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

I think you're right, he's likely to stay in 7s and become a media star in the US due to the Olympics, no need for him to grind it in 15s. I'm beginning to think that there's real truth to the possibility of the USA getting truly serious about rugby after 2016.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

Howlett was fast, but don't discount the difference between 10.5 and 10.13. Seems tiny but those are the margins that make a difference on the wing.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

I'm just hoping USA qualifies more directly this time around and not have to go through the repechage.

Joe, you mention USA attracting pro athletes from other sports. I'm curious, who? I've not heard of a single pro athlete from another sport make a code switch, much less be any good. Let's face it: for the US to be good, there needs to be massive grass roots structures and investment made. Some of that is happening, but I think it'll take more than 10 years. To say they'll consistently be top 5 means passing the likes of Argentina, Scotland, Italy, Wales, Ireland, etc. All of those countries have meaningful pro rugby leagues whereas the US does not, and likely will not for the foreseeable future.

I'm not trying to have a go at you, as I am hopeful the USA can be competitive and soon. Just injecting a dose of realism about expectations. Your mileage may vary. :-)

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Stephen Donald yellow card for shoving Dan Bowden in the face

"Tim? Trevor here. I've got white 10, heard a teammate call him "Beaver". That's a yellow card."

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

Proudfeet!

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

So in your eyes, Hore is a psychopath and can't truly have any remorse, even though he clearly stated so, and having talked and apologized to Davies? You think he really doesn't feel bad about what he did? Rubbish.

And Hore doesn't run the judiciary, so the blame for the piss poor ruling (and it was piss poor, should have left it at least at 8 weeks) should stay with the judicial system for rugby.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

 
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