Zack Test

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Zack Test
Zack Test 2014 (cropped).jpg
Birth name Zachary Test
Date of birth (1989-10-13) October 13, 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 195 lb (86 kg, 13 st 8 lb)
School Woodside High School
University Loughborough University
University of Oregon
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team United States Sevens
Youth Career
  Peninsula Green RFC
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–2017 United States 7 (0)
Correct as of 5 February 2017
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2009–2016 United States 52 (601)
Zack Test
Medal record
Representing  United States
Rugby union
Maccabiah Games
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Maccabiah Rugby union

Zachary "Zack" Test (born October 13, 1989) is a retired American rugby union player who played for the United States national rugby sevens team. With 143 career tries in the World Rugby Sevens Series, Test led all U.S. players in tries scored until Perry Baker broke his record in early 2018.

Early life and youth rugby[edit]

Test was born in Woodside, California, and lived in Redwood City. He is Jewish and went to Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He attended Woodside High School, graduating in 2007.[6][7] Test began playing rugby in his freshman year of high school.

Test began his collegiate career playing American football in 2007 at the University of Oregon as a wide receiver under Mike Bellotti, where he was a preferred walk-on but did not see playing time and red-shirted. Test also played rugby for the University of Oregon helping them qualify for the regional playoffs. After his freshman year, Test transferred to Loughborough University.

Test also represented his country with the national under-20 rugby union team.

U.S. national rugby sevens team[edit]

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 U.S. team, playing for the US in every tournament in the IRB Sevens World Series during the 2009–10 season.[8] Test also played for the U.S. in every tournament in the IRB Sevens World Series during the 2010–11 season. T.[8] Test led the U.S. 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 U.S. team to win the bronze medal.[9] Test's performance throughout 2011 for the US national team earned him the Rugby Mag 2011 Men's 7s Player of the Year award.[10]

Test quickly emerged as one of the best players on the U.S. team. During the 2011-12 IRB Sevens World Series, Test broke Jovesa Naivalu's U.S. national sevens career record of 47 tries.[11] Test was 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 had a reputation as one of the best players in the game at catching restarts.[12] 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."[13] Test finished the 2011–12 World Series leading the United States with 21 tries.[14]

USA Eagles[edit]

Test debuted for the Eagles 15's side in the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup against Samoa.[15] Test picked up a head injury at the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship, requiring him to leave the match and obtain medical treatment. After sitting out of rugby for several months without playing, Test announced his retirement from the game in early 2018.

Other International[edit]

Test, who is Jewish, played for the United States Maccabiah rugby union team at the 2009 Maccabi Games,[16] and was instrumental in helping the squad win the bronze medal beating the Israel national rugby union team at Herzliya Municipal Stadium.[17]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

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

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