Wyles named ARN Player of the Year
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December 26, 2007

US Eagle Chris Wyles has been named the 2007 American Rugby News Player of the Year.

The 24-year old fullback had an outstanding year, which began with an appearance at the NA4 in San Diego and culminated in his selection to the US Rugby World Cup squad that competed in France.

"Any award you get playing for your national team is a great honor," a delighted Wyles told ARN. "Everyone puts the work in and it's just sometimes you end up having good games, and that's a good thing, but you've just got to keep on putting the work in and that's what I try and do every game."

Wyles got the nod as #15 after regular starter Francois Viljoen suffered an injury prior to the RWC warm-up game against Munster last August in Chicago and he never looked back.

"It's definitely a great experience playing in the World Cup and I had some work to do," said Wyles. "We all put work in and did what we had to do and it's unfortunate we didn't get a win, but I think we were close and I think the next World Cup we're building and hopefully a win will come."

Wyles, who was born in Stamford, CT, is unaffiliated with a club as the year comes to a close, although prior to this season he was on the roster with the Northampton Saints in England. And as the sun rises on 2008 the classy back continues to focus on sevens as he is on the US team preparing for the Wellington and San Diego legs of the IRB World Sevens Series.

"I have a big interest in the sevens and I want the US to have a good showing in the 2009 Sevens World Cup," continued Wyles. "I think we have a lot to offer in the sevens program in the future. And in terms of fifteens, I'm just kind of weighing up options and seeing what opportunities are out there."

Past recipients of the ARN Player of the Year award include Mike Hercus (2005) and Todd Clever (2006).

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