One from the archives. The fastest man in rugby admitted he had his sights set on the Brazil Olympics when we spoke at the end of the 2014 GB7s Tour. It was a decent tale that made the newspapers and was also shared across the world … extending the reach of the GB7s brand.
American speedster Carlin Isles showed his competitors a clean pair of heels to help Samurai retain their GB7s title in the third and final round at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay.
The United States Sevens international, regarded as the fastest man in rugby, showcased his speed and skill to run in six tries and help his side into the final. And although they lost out 21-14 to Wailers in the Welsh finales, the runners-up slot was enough for Samurai lift the overall title.
“It was a great competition and the standard is one of the highest that I have ever played in next to the Sevens World Series,” Isles said.
“My speeds helps with the Sevens structure as there is a lot of space and the tempo is high so I am able to showcase what I can do .”
Isles was a gifted athlete recording a 100m time of 10.24 seconds before taking up rugby in 2012 – a move that has brought international attention.
Isles said: “I loved athletics but God pushed me in a different direction and in rugby I have different goals and different dreams. I am pleased with the change and I can still showcase my speed.
“I want to be one of the best rugby players in the world and to play Sevens at the Olympics.”
Isles signed for Glasgow Warriors in February but revealed he is heading south of the border after agreeing a loan deal with GK IPA Championship side London Scottish for the coming season.
Isles added: “Glasgow have loaned me out to give me some more time to develop so it is a great opportunity to learn from Mike Friday [Samurai and London Scottish] who is a great coach.”