|Asbun played with Wasps in the Premiership 7's this summer.|
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This Is American Rugby: You've been training with Rosslyn Park and played with them in the preseason. How did that come about?
Derek Asbun: I spoke with the Coaching staff at Rosslyn Park explained my situation, and they invited me along to participate in their preseason training and games once I had finished my dissertation.
TIAR: You haven't registered with the club so are you currently looking for other options? Is Rosslyn Park an option?
DA: Due to my overseas status, Park is not an option. So I am now looking to put myself in the best possible training environment and keep looking for other opportunities that may arise.
TIAR: The Americas Rugby Championship is coming up. If selected, what kind of opportunity would that be for you as a player?
DA: It would be great, as a young player it is exactly the kind of tournament I want to be a part of. Quality international competition and an chance to represent the US make it a great opportunity to get better as a player.
TIAR: Have you thought about giving 7's more of a go?
DA: I love playing 7s, but lately most of my opportunities have been in 15s. I am not against the idea, but living where I am and trying to gain more experience at hooker has me focused on 15s for now.
TIAR: Congrats on graduating from Oxford. What was your thesis?
DA: Thank you, I wrote my thesis on the British Empire. It was titled 'Branding Empire: Queen Victoria's Jubilees and the Rise of Imperial Propaganda.'