Thursday, February 14, 2013

2013 with an eye to 2015 - USA´s Luke Hume

The work taking place within the USA is seeing significant results. Playing numbers are not only on the rise but the number of quality players is significantly higher than ever before. The targetting of players from other sports has seen the examples such as Taylor Mokate and Carlin Isles take up the sport and in no time go on to play for the USA at either senior level, Sevens or both. There is an increasing demand for quality athletes and the number of talented players coming appearing puts the USA in a good position ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. 

The USA is performing better now than ever on the international stage but the cutrrent level of both the national mens team, the USA Eagles, and the Sevens team is far from peaking. As the expression goes the sky is the limit and in the case of USA rugby this is certainly the case. The professional contracts offered to Sevens players has already closed the gap and in time it will see significant results. By expanding its reach USA Rugby is able to develop more players and it is also likely to become increasingly encouraging for dual-citizens to represent the USA. While Hanno Dirksen decided to try his luck with Wales and Tommy Seymour with Scotland this is not the case for all players. Sydney born Luke Hume has quickly filled the void left by the retired Kevin Swiryn and was one of the biggest finds of 2012. 

Originally from Australia, twenty-five year old Hume moved to New York and went on to succeed playing both rugby league and rugby union. After having won the MVP for the 2009 champions the New York Knights, Hume played for the USA rugby league team, the USA Tomahawks at five-eighth (flyhalf)    and helped the sidfe defeat Ireland 38-20. He became a dual international after earning a call up to the USA Eagles in 2012. Hume played for New York club Old Blue before being selected for the USA Eagles for the 2012 June internationals. His debut was againast Canada in Kingston, Ontario where he started on the left wing in a back-three combination which included Chris Wyles and James Paterson. Taku Ngwenya was missing after a long season with Biarritz which saw an unknown player given an opportunity. Hume impressed by scoring a try and would go on to start in the USA´s five other tests in 2012. 

Hume has also played for the USA team and helped it qualify for the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow. He was a part of the team that qualified during the NACRA Sevens. With a packed international season appraoching Hume is certain to receive plenty of gave timwe. The USA will face Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Japan and Tonga in May and June and then play Rugby World Cup Qualifying matches against Canada in July. Should the USA qualify as Americas 1 ahead of Canada then Hume will, no doubt, have contributed to the result. He is a player to watch out for this year and could well be a key player come 2015. 

1 comment:

  1. The revelation of last year for the USA Eagles for sure.