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Who is Carlin Isles?

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Known as the “fastest man in rugby,” Isles has used his speed to become a rugby star. 

Rugby Beginnings 

Born November 21, 1989 in Akron, OH. Isles discovered rugby while searching the Internet for videos to improve his sprinting technique. When he did not make the U.S. track and field roster for the London Olympics, he decided to try rugby. 

Major Competitions/Medals 

Isles helped the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles Sevens clinch their spot at the Rio Olympics by winning the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championship in June of 2015.

Breakout Moment

Isles made his U.S. national sevens team debut in October of 2012. He scored a try in his first minute on the pitch. 


Isles played college football at Ashland University, and he continues to run like a football player. He often uses a stiff arm to fend off tacklers. 

Top Quotes 

“It is amazing to watch him because he just flies. You think he’s sprinting, and then he will just kick it into another gear and make fast guys look slow.” –Madison Hughes

Outside the Pitch

Isles’ speed attracted the attention of the Detroit Lions. He signed a contract in 2013 to join the Lions’ practice squad.

Social Media

Facebook: FastCarlin

Twitter: Carlin_Isles

Instagram: carlinisles


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