Louis Rees-Zammit is loving each minute after swapping rugby for American football and declared on Sunday evening ‘his pursuit to be within the NFL is alive.’
However the now ex-Wales wing admitted he was ‘jealous’ and ‘gutted’ as he watched his former facet beaten by England in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday from Florida.
Rees-Zammit was certainly one of rugby’s largest names. However he shocked the game through which he is grown up in January when he left his club side Gloucester with immediate effect.
The 23-year-old wasn’t named in Wales’ Six Nations squad as a result and moved to the USA to take part in the NFL’s international player pathway program.
Rees-Zammit’s hope is to realize a brand new profession within the sport.
Louis Rees-Zammit declared on Sunday evening that his dream to play within the NFL is ‘nonetheless alive’
The previous Wales wing shocked the rugby world when he stop the game to chase an NFL profession
He mentioned it’s ‘one thing I’ve needed to do since I used to be a younger age’ after turning his again on a profession in rugby
‘It is at all times one thing I’ve needed to do since I used to be a younger age. I suppose I believed now was the suitable time to do it,’ he instructed BBC Scrum V.
‘Now I am right here I am loving coaching and my pursuit to be within the NFL is alive. I am excited to see what the following 10 weeks maintain. I am out right here coaching laborious and can see what occurs.
‘I have been working as a large receiver and accomplished some working again stuff as effectively. There are a number of transferable abilities in rugby in that respect.
‘It is a 10-week program right here in Florida. We’re coaching six days per week and you have 10 weeks to be taught the sport. Then you definitely’ve acquired a professional day and it is all the way down to you to impress the scouts and the golf equipment to see in the event you’re adequate and in case your dream turns into a actuality.
‘I am excited to see what the long run holds.’
The 23-year-old admitted he was ‘jealous’ of watching as Wales misplaced to England on Saturday
Warren Gatland’s facet misplaced 16-14 at Twickenham within the spherical two conflict and have misplaced each matches thus far
After leaving rugby behind, Rees-Zammit has watched Wales’ Six Nations defeats by Scotland and England in 2024 so removed from the USA.
Warren Gatland’s facet had been overwhelmed 16-14 at Twickenham of their spherical two conflict.
‘I watched the sport. I was jealous of the boys playing,’ Rees-Zammit mentioned of the weekend’s sport between England and Wales.
‘It was in my thoughts. I used to be fairly gutted. The boys put a hell of a shift in. They simply managed to lose which is hard however I believed there have been a good few gamers who gave it their all.’
Former Wasps wing Christian Wade made an try to turn out to be an NFL participant earlier than returning to rugby. It’s notoriously troublesome for many who have not grown up with American soccer to star in it. Rees-Zammit was talking on the eve of the Tremendous Bowl on Sunday evening – the spotlight of the NFL calendar which saw Kansas City Chiefs face San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas.
Rees-Zammit left his membership facet Gloucester with rapid impact in January after making his resolution
Former Wasps wing Christian Wade (left) made an try to turn out to be an NFL participant earlier than returning to rugby
‘Gats (Gatland) was unbelievable with me. I defined the scenario and he was very supportive of me. I will be coming again to rugby if this does not work out,’ Rees-Zammit mentioned.
‘It was the toughest resolution I’ve ever made. I sat down with my household and got here to the conclusion I wish to give it a go now whereas I am nonetheless younger.
‘If it really works out I’ve acquired 10 years to play the game I’ve beloved rising up watching. If not I can come again to rugby and play the game I like enjoying.’