Two Junior Gents invited to all-star rugby 7s event
The Aspen Times
Two Junior Gents rugby players will represent the club next weekend in Las Vegas.
The two junior rugby players from Glenwood Springs High School have been chosen to represent an all-star 7s team in the high school division of the USA Sevens, an international rugby 7s festival.
“Luke Prosence and Robert Hiles will represent the Celtic Barbarians on Thursday and Friday,” Junior Gents head coach Gary Williams said. “They will then spend the weekend watching the international 7s competition, featuring the best teams in the world.”
The Las Vegas event is popular among college rugby recruiters, who annually turn out for the high school all-star games.
The Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Club awarded the players scholarships to offset some of their travel costs, Williams said.
The two rugby players also play high school football in Glenwood Springs.
They are preparing along with other high school players from Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs for the Junior Gents’ team, which starts play Feb. 28 with a home game at Willits Rugby Field near Basalt.
The USA Sevens team will feature rugby superstar Carlin Isles, who first learned his club rugby with the Gentlemen of Aspen. Isles, a former football and track star in high school and at Ashland University, is considered the fastest player in rugby. During a tryout for the Detroit Lions, Isles recorded a time of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the fastest time recorded at Lions’ camp that year.
After spending time on the Lions practice squad, he turned to rugby. After playing in Aspen, he signed for a season with the Glasgow Warriors in Scotland.
The 25-year-old Isles is 5-8, 165 pounds.
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