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Nate Ebner to try and play rugby at Rio 2016

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It has been quite the 24 hours for the New England Patriots who last night partook in a big trade with the Arizona cardinals.

While the Patriots shipping defensive lineman Chandler Jones to Arizona was the biggest story of the day, it may not have been the most interesting.

Time for a change

He may have recently agreed a two-year contract with the Patriots, but safety Nate Ebner has his sights set on a different target before next season.


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Ebner yesterday announced that he will be making an attempt to go to the Rio 2016 Olympics and represent Team USA in rugby.

Ebner has been a passionate rugby fan all of his life and in his comments, he stressed that he has long desired the chance to play it.

"I grew up with rugby like [how] most kids probably grew up with football, or basketball or baseball. For me, it’s always been around." - Ebner on his love of rugby

Although he has high hopes, Ebner is remaining humble and is very aware that he will have to earn his place on the Team USA squad to make it to the Olympics.

Ebner was an All- American at Ohio State for Rugby before entering the NFL in 2012 and now he looks ready to move back to his roots.

Although the move won't be permanent, Ebner could very well make a name for himself on the world stage if he makes it to Team USA.

Rugby has been brought back into the Olympics for Rio 2016 in the form of Rugby Sevens and Ebner has had conversations with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick prior to leaving Foxborough.

If he makes Team USA, Ebner won't return to the Patriots until the rugby tournament in Rio - which lasts from August 6th to August 11th, is over.

A strong link

The link between rugby and the NFL has been made quite clear over the last year with Ebner now the next man to make the move across.

Ebner will do the reverse action of San Francisco 49ers runningback Jarryd Hayne who famously made the move to the NFL last year.

No matter what happens in Rio, Ebner will remain a Patriots player but a strong showing for Team USA could inspire him for a future move to the sport.

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