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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Chris Wyles Retires From 15s Duty


Chris Wyles, the Eagles captain at the World Cup and arguably their most influential player over the last decade has retired from international 15s duty. Wyles exits the Eagles to focus on playing for Saracens as well as attempting to make the Eagles 7s team in time for the Olympics. Wyles was a part of the team that qualified for the Olympics at the NACRA 7s last June.

Since making his debut back in 2007 Wyles has amassed 54 caps to his name and 222 points, including 16 tries. Until the emergence of AJ MacGinty he was the go to kicker for the Eagles over the last cycle. Wyles has played in three World Cups for the Eagles. In our estimation, Wyles will go down as one of, if not the, greatest Eagle of all time due to his tireless effort each time on the pitch and his leadership.

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“I feel extremely indebted to USA Rugby for the opportunities and experiences it has given me.,” said Chris Wyles. “My time playing for the Eagles is filled with amazing memories but the thing that I will treasure the most are the great friends I’ve made throughout the years. I wish the team all the success in the future under [new Head Coach] John Mitchell.”

Wyles was a coaches dream and continues to be for Saracens. He can play multiple positions and he does so without complaint. For the Eagles he was a veteran presence that came up huge in big game situations. Even when the Eagles were down, in particular the summer of 2013, the play of Wyles was a bright spot. 

He's still got several good years of rugby left in him so expect him to continue to play well for Saracens. When he's done playing expect him to be a key contributor to the development of rugby in the United States. 

5 comments:

  1. A sad loss for USA 15's rugby. He has been a fantastic asset. Had the pleasure of meeting him in San Diego a few years ago & he's not only a wonderful player but thoroughly charming. Wish him all the best for Rio. Thanks, Chris, for all you've done to help build rugby in the USA.

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  2. Well ain't that a kick in the seat.

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  3. Thanks for everything Chris! You will be missed.

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  4. Scully to move to Fullback?

    I'm concerned that Ngwenya might retire soon too.

    Losing these two would mean our back three goes from a position of strength to one of concern.

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  5. wondering if he was asked/pressured to retire from internationals. Saracens probably will give him a good contract that would have him around when 6 nations/fall internationals are going on

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