Carlin Isles is out of the USA Eagles Sevens squad for the Hong Kong tournament, which begins today. It is assumed he is injured, though details of that have not been forthcoming.
However, Mike Friday has not been left a player short with this. He has chosen to let Nate Ebner return to the sevens game, according to The Guardian.
The New England Patriots safety converted back to rugby after the NFL season in a bid to make the Olympics. He will join fellow American Football convert Perry Baker in the team.
Ebner was not deemed ready to play in the Hong Kong tournament and Friday had arranged a spot on the Samurai internationals team for him in one of the two 10s tournaments played in Hong Kong during Sevens Week so he could get back into the game.
Ebner played rugby union all throughout his childhood and became the youngest ever player to represent the USA in sevens when he was 17. He then represented the USA at age level in the 15s game. In college, he first stepped onto the football field for Ohio State and in the 2012 NFL draft, he was picked by the New England Patriots.
Now four years later, Ebner is returning to the game at the most prestigious event on the rugby calendar with a very strong USA Eagles side.
This is the full USA Eagles team that will play in Hong Kong:
Nate Ebner, Ben Pinkelman, Danny Barrett, Garrett Bender, Zack Test, Peter Tiberio, Folau Niua, Maka Unufe, Nate Augspurger, Madison Hughes, Perry Baker. Martin Iosefo
The USA Eagles face Argentina and Portugal in the pool phase of the Hong Kong Sevens, as well as an Australian team which includes another player hoping to make his comeback in sevens rugby: Nick Cummins, AKA the Honeybadger.
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