EAGLE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS WYLES
In 2007, Wyles made his Eagles debut at the Churchill Cup in Stockport, England, against England. From there he played with and captained the Eagles Sevens team. Today as an Eagle Alum, Wyles has created his own business, Wolfpack Lager.
Learn more about Chris:
Q: When and where did you play rugby?
A: My first game of rugby was at Aldwickbury school when I was 11 years old. I went on to play at Haileybury college during my school years and Leicester Tigers Academy and Nottingham RFC when I studied Politics at Nottingham University. After a brief spell at Northampton Saints, I began my journey with USA Rugby in both 7’s and XV’s. This included three World Cups, a 7’s World Cup and the Olympics. During this same period, I began my Saracens career which resulted in 10 years at the club and over 250 appearances.
Q: When did you play with the Eagles?
A: I played for the Eagles from 2006 until 2015 when I retired from International rugby after the 2015 World Cup.
Q: What is your favorite rugby memory?
A: This is really tough as I have so many great memories. Scoring the winning try against France in front of the home crowd at the San Diego 7’s is right up there. Winning our first Premiership title with Saracens was also incredible. Ultimately though winning our first European title for Saracens tops it all. All fantastic memories to look back on!
Q: Where are you now?
A: I now work for my own business, Wolfpack Lager. We specialize in making exceptional Lager for social animals! www.wolfpacklager.com
Q: What do you believe is the most important factor in growing the sport of rugby in the US?
A: I think the growth of rugby in the US is down to two important factors. Firstly, the growth of a sustainable and ‘attractive’ professional league. It appears the MLR are moving in this direction. Secondly, high levels of participation in youth level rugby backed up by high-level coaching. Ultimately across all levels of rugby in the US coaching quality needs to be a priority.
Q: What is a piece of advice you would give to aspiring rugby players?
A: Accept that ‘failure’ is part of the journey. Use it as motivation. Relish it. ‘I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.’ Wayne Gretzky. I’m having to learn this again in my business life!