Sev­ens test for ‘fastest player’

The Herald - Herald Sport - - RUGBY UNION -

Car­lin Isles, pic­tured be­low, the Amer­i­can judged to be the fastest rugby player in the world, is ex­pected to be one of the stars in to­day’s 124th play­ing of the fa­mous Mel­rose Sev­ens at the Green­yards, writes Alan Lorimer.

Isles, who signed a short-term con­tract ear­lier this sea­son, is named in a Glas­gow War­riors team that will pro­vide the Scot­tish di­men­sion to what is now a tour­na­ment with a dis­tinc­tive in­ter­na­tional flavour.

For the record, Isles, has a best of 10.13 (wind-as­sisted) over 100 me­tres, the kind of speed that has brought him to the at­ten­tion of the NFL and which earned him a call-up to the USA team for the IRB Gold Coast Sev­ens in Aus­tralia 18 months ago.

Isles is part of very strong all-in­ter­na­tional Glas­gow War­riors squad for to­day’s blue riband sev­ens tour­na­ment and in­cludes Scot­land sev­ens caps Lee Jones, Scott Wight, James Ed­die and Mark Ben­nett who played at Hong Kong last month and Fi­jian in­ter­na­tional Niko Matawalu, who could well be an­other show stealer.

For the Scot­land play­ers in the War­riors squad this will be a fur­ther chance to gain play­ing time ahead of the IRB Glas­gow Sev­ens at Scot­stoun on May 3-4 and the Lon­don Sev­ens at Twick­en­ham a week later. War­riors are in the top half of the draw and could face Ayr in the quar­ter-fi­nals with a pos­si­ble fi­nal clash against last sea­son’s run­ners-up, Cler­mont Au­vergne.

The French club, who lost to Sara­cens in a tight fi­nal last year, will lead the over­seas chal­lenge but there will be a fo­cus of in­ter­est, too, on the USA Tigers, given the suc­cess of the USA na­tional team on the IRB sev­ens cir­cuit and the over­all in­ter­est in the short game in Amer­ica.

The Mel­rose tour­na­ment, of course, is one of the 10 rounds that count to­wards the Kings of the Sev­ens crown. The race is cur­rently led by the host club af­ter their de­ci­sive win over Wat­so­ni­ans at Gala last Satur­day. Draw. Rd 1 Stir­ling County v Jed-For­est, Cur­rie v Ste­wart’s-Melville, Dundee HSFP v Bor­ough­muir, He­riot’s v Langholm, Haw­ick v Howe of Fife, Aberdeen v Selkirk, Kelso v Ed­in­burgh Ac­cies, Glas­gow Hawks v Peebles. Rd 2 Stir­ling County or Jed-For­est v Ayr, Cur­rie or Ste­wart’s-Melville v Glas­gow War­riors, Dundee HSFP or Bor­ough­muir v SMT Trin­bago, He­riot’s or Langholm v USA Tigers, Haw­ick or Howe of Fife v Gala, Aberdeen or Selkirk v Mel­rose, Kelso or Ed­in­burgh Ac­cies v Wat­so­ni­ans, Glas­gow Hawks or Peebles v Cler­mont Au­vergne

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