Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Carlin Isles could join Glasgow Warriors

Reports from multiple sources indicate that USA Sevens star  Carlin Isles is close to becoming the latest USA professional rugby player. The flier has been linked to a move to the RaboDirect Pro 12 to play for the Glasgow Warriors. One such source is Canadian Patrick Johnson who, in writing for the Province, indicated that Isles has signed to play for the Scottish side.

Carlin Isles has been a much talked about player in recent times. His impressive performances for the USA Sevens team on the IRB Sevens World Circuit in combination with him signing to train and possibly play in the NFL for the Detroit Lions have seen the speedster´s name appear all over the internet and not just in rugby sources. 

Should the rumour be proven correct it would see a second USA Sevens player move to Glasgow in as many weeks. Californian Centre Folua Niua arrived in Scotland last week and appeared for the Warriors on the be nch in the away victory over the Cardiff Blues in Wales.  

Isles is yet to play at the senior level in the fifteen man game. Indeed he is uncapped for the USA despite having impressed at Sevens. The reason is that the USA currently has an impressive stock of wingers to call upon. Taku Ngwenya remains a important player in the Top 14 for Biarritz, Luke Hume is now playing for Narbonne in the Pro d2, Blaine Scully has impressed for Leicester in the Aviva Premiership while Chris Wyles continues to feature regularly for Saracens.

As Patrick Johnson points out Glasgow would appear to be interested in Carlin Isles due to the club currently facing injury concerns that need addressing. Canadia DTH van der Merwe and Scottish international  Sean Maitland are both sidelined at present. 

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