Yesterday, on TSL Sports Talk, USA Team Sevens Rugby player, Carlin Isles, joined us to talk about his career and dreams to bring his team to the Olympics. In case you missed it, check out JR Gamble’s piece on the baller. Here are some highlights from Isles on TSL Sports Talk below.   


On what attracted him to Rugby:

When I first started watching it, it was just exciting… When I first saw the space, it was a wide pitch and it was 100 meters long and I felt like I could use my gift, which is my speed and that’s what really attracted me. I felt like, man, I think I can do this. 


On how Rugby fans are towards Black athletes:

I haven’t had to deal with [racist fans]. The rugby community is like a family. So many people love and cherish and welcome you with open arms. Rugby doesn’t tolerate [racism] a lot. But everyone is so high-spirited in the rugby community across the whole globe and that’s what’s so special about it. Wherever you go, people just welcome you and they love you and they treat you like you’re a god… I’ve been fortunate to not have to deal with [racism in rugby] and that’s a good thing.


Listen to the full interview above to hear more on Isles' transition from football to rugby, his Olympic dreams and more.

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