New England Patriots defensive back Nate Ebner walks onto the field during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Michael Dwyer
July 18, 2016

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) USA rugby announced its men's and women's Olympic roster Monday in a list that includes New England Patriots special teams player Nate Ebner and veteran Jillion Potter, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.

The 30-year-old Potter found out she had Stage III synovial sarcoma in 2014.

Ebner was kept under contract by the Patriots while training with the rugby squad at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. He was a sixth-round pick by New England out of Ohio State in 2012.

Also making the men's roster are captain Madison Hughes and Carlin Isles, who's been called the ''the fastest man in rugby'' and briefly entertained notions of trying to make the American track team in the 100 meters.

Rugby sevens will make its Olympic debut at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

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