Sunday, February 20, 2011

Miles Craigwell - an example of the future of USA Rugby?

The policy of the governing body of United States Rugby (USA Rugby) of attempting to attract young athletes to take up rugby by changing from sports such as American Football increasingly appears to be not only truely providing the USA with a larger pool of top players but also of increasing the profile of rugby in the country. Recently during the New Zealand and United States legs of the IRB World Sevens Series in Wellington and Las Vegas, a newcomer to international rugby, Miles Craigwell was recieving plenty of press about his move from the NFL to rugby in July 2010 which remarkably has seen him selected for his country and he has already proven to be a top performer playing wing for the USA Eagles Sevens side.

Born on March 24, 1986 Miles Craigwell lives in Boston, Massachusetts and is not only an eilte athlete but also extremely well educated. Craigwell graduated with a degree in Business Economics: C.O.E  (Commerce, Organizations, Enrepreneurship) from the prestigious Ivy League University, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Despite being based in Boston, Craigwell is listed as playing rugby in New York for NYAC, the same club that produced USA Eagles international backrower Louis Stanfill who now plays in Italy and scrumhalf Mike Petri who now plays in Wales. Craigwell is a very gifted player who will be pushing for a place in the USA squad for this years Rugby World Cup. He is also an example of the talent that is being unearthed as the management team of USA Rugby continue to make rugby a bigger sport in the country. Who is to say that he will not be the first of a long line of professional players from the NFL to play rugby and as such to change the shape of USA rugby as the side well and truely becomes one of the best teams on the planet?

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