Nate Ebner, Carlin Isles not on U.S. rugby roster for World Series finale

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Neither NFL safety Nate Ebner nor Carlin Isles is on the 12-man U.S. roster for this weekend’s final 2015-16 World Series leg in London, the last major competition before the 12-man Olympic team is named.

Ebner, one of at least five current of former NFL players pursuing the Rio Olympics, was on the U.S. roster for the previous three World Series legs in Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris in April and May.

Last weekend in Paris, he played in the first two matches as a substitute but didn’t see the field in the final three matches, while the other 11 U.S. players all played in at least one of those three.

Ebner announced March 15 that he was returning to rugby and pursuing an Olympic spot. U.S. coach Mike Friday reportedly said in April that Ebner had “a 50-50” shot at the Olympic team.

Ebner, the only player from last week’s Paris World Series leg roster not in London, was named to the developmental USA Falcons team in France this weekend instead.

Isles had been a U.S. rugby mainstay but has now missed five straight World Series events dating to March due at least in part to pursuing indoor sprinting and then a high-ankle sprain suffered in rugby training.

USA Rugby did not have an update on Isles’ injury status on Tuesday.

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