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Carlin Isles has signed with the Glasgow Warriors of the RaboDirect Pro 12. Isles, who signed a futures contract with the Detroit Lions earlier this year and was under a training contract with USA 7s team, is expected to join the Warriors as early as next week.
Isles’ deal will see him spend the rest of the season, and potentially longer, with the Warriors. The speedster could well be released for the four remaining tournaments in the IRB 7s World Series.
Having been a 7s specialist since taking up rugby in the summer of 2012, Isles has played very little 15s. While stationed at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, he played some with the San Diego Old Aztecs.
Isles joins 7s teammate Folau Niua in Glasgow. Both Niua and Isles will make considerably more money with the Warriors than they were making with the 7s Eagles.
There’s been a lot of speculation about whether Isles would pursue a career with the Lions in the NFL or stick with rugby. For now, rugby is his choice. The Warriors deal allows him to make a legitimate living and continue to develop his rugby skills, all with the Olympics still squarely in his sights.