Rugby Canada star Adam Zaruba on the Riders neg list

Canadian rugby sensation Adam Zaruba is getting an NFL opportunity but his CFL rights are owned by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

A story in the Vancouver Province says that Zaruba, who plays for Canada’s national sevens rugby team, worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Philly liked the prospect so much they signed him to a three-year deal Monday.

The 24-year-old is six-foot-five and 265 pounds with what appears to be decent hands…

And he can apparently run a little, too…

Zaruba played football in high school and was recruited by SFU but never took the field before turning his attention to rugby. After getting a call from an agent, Zaruba got some advice from football types including former Calgary Dinos coach and current UBC boss Blike Nill, a former Vanier Cup winner. From the story:

“He worked out with us and it was very, very good for a kid who hasn’t been in that position or that experience for a while,” Nill said.

“What it would come down to for him, you’ve got to look at three elements: he has the physical skills, but does he have the technical skills? Maybe to a lesser degree does he have the mindset — which he should have. He’s played international rugby at a very high level, it’s a level of competing he’s proven he can maintain.”

(Rich Lam Photo credit)

Zaruba worked out with Thunderbirds quarterbacks Michael O’Connor at UBC in advance of the work out with the Eagles.

Sources say that Zaruba was added to the Riders negotiation list in June.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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9 Comments on Rugby Canada star Adam Zaruba on the Riders neg list

  1. White Horse // July 23, 2017 at 6:27 pm //

    I remember the Stamps recruited a player many years ago. His name was Frank Bud. He was a very speedy track star. HE NEVER PLAYED A LOT OF FOOTBALL. Listening to the Stamps game broadcast on radio in those days, it seemed that all I ever heard was BUD IS WIDE OPEN DOWN FIELD….AND…HE DROPPED THE BALL!!!!

    • Hors E Power // July 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm //

      Do he was like Anthony Parker???

      How long ago was that?

      • White Horse // July 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm //

        Horse…Frank Budd played for the Stamps 1965-1966. Wikipedia lists him as an American track star and he caught a total of 2 passes in the NFL. No mention of CFL.
        I agree about Parker. He has made some bone head plays in his career with the Stamps and so far this season he is seldom on the field. Lamar Durant has taken his starting job.

        • Hors E Power // July 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm //

          White Hose. Thanks for the info. Yes it was nice to see Durant take Parker’s spot, I hope the emergence of Bescacin and a few recently drafted receivers will render Parker unnecessary by next year

  2. Hors E Power // July 23, 2017 at 6:28 pm //

    Isn’t Campbell still hurt after he abandoned the team to go participate in the Rugby 7s??

  3. BleedzGreen // July 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm //

    You’re not fooling anyone troll.

  4. justforkicks // July 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm //

    How about a track star like the the Rocket?? Cheap for only 18.2 million over four years.

  5. Scottsask // July 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm //

    He certainly looks like an athelete.

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