Rugby star quits sport to pursue career in NFL

Rugby star quits sport to pursue career in NFL
  • Tom Hamilton, Senior WriterJan 16, 2024, 08:00 AM ET


      • Joined ESPN in 2011
      • Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours
      • Previously rugby editor, and became senior writer in 2018

One of rugby union’s brightest stars, Louis Rees-Zammit, has decided to leave the sport and pursue a career in the NFL, joining the league’s international player pathway, it was announced on Tuesday.

The announcement came just minutes before Wales announced their squad for the forthcoming Six Nations, one that Rees-Zammit would usually be a key part of. But moments before Warren Gatland announced his squad, Rees-Zammit announced on his Instagram account that he was stepping back from the sport to pursue his NFL dream.

Rees-Zammit, 22, is by far the biggest rugby star to try to crack NFL via the pathway, and he will journey to Florida at the end of the week to join the program.

“Gloucester Rugby has been a huge part of my life,” Rees-Zammit said on Instagram. “From the start at Hartpury College and my f

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