Zachary "Zack" Test (born October 13, 1989) is an American rugby union player who represents the United States on the national sevens team. Test owns the US all-time record for tries scored (105) on the IRB Sevens World Series circuit.

Early life and youth rugby

Test was born in Woodside, California.[1][2][3][4] He attended Woodside High School, graduating in 2007.[4][5] Test began playing rugby in his freshman year of high school. Zack began his collegiate career playing football in 2007 at the University of Oregon as a wide receiver under Mike Bellotti. Zack also played rugby for the University of Oregon helping them qualify for the regional playoffs. Test also represented his country with the national under-20 rugby union team.

Career with the US national sevens team

Test made his sevens senior debut during the 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series and represented the United States at the Hong Kong, Adelaide and London Sevens that year. Test quickly became a regular for the US team, playing for the US in every tournament in the IRB Sevens World Series during the 2009–10 season.[6]

Test also played for the US in every tournament in the IRB Sevens World Series during the 2010–11 season.[6] Test led the US team during the 2010-11 IRB Sevens World Series with 24 tries and 120 points, scoring 6 tries at the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens. Test also played for the US at the 2011 Pan American Games, helping the US team to win the bronze medal.[7] Test's performance throughout 2011 for the US national team earned him the Rugby Mag 2011 Men's 7s Player of the Year award.[8]

Test has emerged as one of the best players on the US team. During the 2011-12 IRB Sevens World Series, Test broke Jovesa Naivalu's US national sevens career record of 47 tries.[9] Test is also one of the best on the IRB circuit in catching kicks from restarts, using his 6'3" height, his jumping ability and his excellent hands to haul in the high ball. Test has a reputation as one of the best players in the game at catching restarts.[10]Paul Treu, head coach of the South Africa rugby team, has stated that when it comes to catching kicks, Test is "one of the best players in the business."[11] Test finished the 2011–12 World Series leading the USA with 21 tries.[12]

Other International

Test played for the United States Maccabiah rugby union team at the 2009 Maccabi Games,[13] and was instrumental in helping the squad win the bronze medal beating the Israel national rugby union team at Herzliya Municipal Stadium.[14]

USA Eagles

Test debuted for the Eagles 15's side in the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup against Samoa.[15]

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Maccabi Usa Fields An Elite Level Open Rugby Team For The Maccabiah Games". Maccabiusa.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "eRugbyNews.com". eRugbyNews.com. June 19, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Team GB rugby through to gold medal match". The Jewish Chronicle. July 20, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Zach Test Stats". ESPN. October 13, 1989. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Woodside High School 2007 Graduates". Oakland Tribune, The. June 14, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b Universal Sports, Zack Test bio, http://www.universalsports.com/rugby/athletes/athlete=267557504/bio/index.html
  7. ^ United States at the 2011 Pan American Games#Rugby sevens
  8. ^ Rugby Mag, 2011 RUGBYMag Awards!, Jan. 1, 2012, http://rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3027:2011-rugbymag-awards&catid=122:rugbymag-reader-news&Itemid=347
  9. ^ "A Victory! USA Takes Care of Scotland". 
  10. ^ Rugby Magazine Year in Review 2011, https://rugbymag.com/rugbymagazine-dig/Rugby%20Magazine%20Year%20In%20Review%202011/files/assets/seo/page14.html
  11. ^ Sevens: Uncovered – The Aerial Battle, http://www.irbsevens.com/video/index.html?videoid=2061082
  12. ^ "Statistics". 
  13. ^ "USA Maccabiah Team Ready For Jewish Olympics". eRugbyNews.com. June 19, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Maccabiah USA Team Wins Bronze". eRugbyNews.com. July 22, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 
  15. ^ "United States of America (3) 16 - 21 (21) Samoa (FT)". espnscrum. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 

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