Wyles retires from 15-man international rugby to focus on sevens


Saracens and United States back Chris Wyles has announced his retirement from 15-man international rugby in order to focus on the sevens tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Wyles captained the USA at last year's Rugby World Cup having previously featured at the 2007 and 2011 tournaments.

The 32-year-old has 54 Test caps to his name but will now concentrate his energy on his club fortunes and the USA sevens team, which he has previously skippered.

Sevens rugby will make its debut at the Rio Olympics later this year, with Wyles having helped USA to qualify with victory in the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships.

"I feel extremely indebted to USA Rugby for the opportunities and experiences it has given me," Wyles said. 

"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."