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Super Bowl winner Nate Ebner named in US rugby sevens squad for Olympics

Published 18/07/2016

Saracens wing Chris Wyles, pictured, will be part of a United States men's sevens squad for the Rio Olympics that also includes NFL star Nate Ebner
Saracens wing Chris Wyles, pictured, will be part of a United States men's sevens squad for the Rio Olympics that also includes NFL star Nate Ebner

NFL star Nate Ebner has been named in the United States' rugby sevens squad for next month's Rio Olympics.

Ebner was part of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl-winning team in 2015.

The 27-year-old, who will return to the Patriots after Rio, was given leave to pursue his sevens ambition earlier this year.

USA Rugby announced a 12-man squad for the Games that also includes Saracens wing Chris Wyles and renowned speed merchant Carlin Isles.

The squad will be coached by former Wasps scrum-half and England sevens international Mike Friday, whose support staff includes ex-England hooker Phil Greening.

Friday said: " While we are not the pre-tournament favourites like Fiji, who have to play with that expectation, we are a team who are hugely respected and feared by all other countries as genuine contenders.

"The boys recognise the magnitude of the task, but are confident that we can be medal contenders if we play to our ability."

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