Zack Test, one of USA Rugby's brightest up-and-comers, was the leading American scorer in the 2010-11 IRB Rugby Sevens World Series. His 24 tries ranked 14th in the world. Test first started playing for the senior USA 7s team during the 2008-09 season, when he suited up for the Hong Kong, Adelaide and London Sevens tournaments. He played at each of the eight stops in '09-'10 and '10-'11.
Prior to joining the USA 7s team in 2008, Test competed in 15s for the under-19 U.S. national team in 2007 and the U-20 team in 2008. Test's first appearance for the senior national team came in September 2010, when the Eagles played an exhibition match against Saracens, a professional team in England. He was in the player pool receiving consideration for the 2011 U.S. Rugby World Cup team, but he did not travel to New Zealand.
Test was a walk-on wide receiver for the University of Oregon football team in 2007, but he did not play that season after being given a redshirt. However, he played on the scout team and was named scout-team player of the week three times. Test also played rugby at Oregon, where it is a club sport, helping the team qualify for the regional playoffs.
Test testing the waters
Test began dabbling in rugby his freshman year of high school because he wanted something to do in the football offseason. He said he didn't really understand rugby the first year, but he fell in love the next year because he could play offense, defense and special teams all at the same time. Test says he appreciates USA Sevens coach Al Caravelli, who "saved" Test after he left Oregon because he didn't know what he wanted to do.