Nate Ebner

New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner gets a chance with U.S. rugby team

New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner gets a chance with U.S. rugby team

Taking another step toward his Olympic dream, New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner has been added to the U.S. rugby team for a tournament in Hong Kong this weekend.

A spot on the Eagles Sevens roster opened when star Carlin Isles was sidelined by injury.

With rugby returning to the Summer Games this year for the first time since 1924, the Patriots granted Ebner a leave of absence last month so he could join the American squad at its Chula Vista training camp.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound player was an All-American in rugby at Ohio State before being selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft. In four seasons with the Patriots, he has become a staple on special...

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