Louis Rees-Zammit set to switch sports
Welsh winger Louis Rees-Zammit is hoping to make a successful switch to the NFL from rugby union
- 22-year-old Welsh winger Louis Rees-Zammit has 31 caps for his country.
- The British & Irish Lion has been a key part in the Wales team since 2020.
- Rees-Zammit has opted to pursue a lucrative NFL contract.
- Both he and the Welsh Rugby Union have left the door open for a future return.
For many, simply becoming a professional sports person is an unattainable dream. When athletes are as gifted as Louis Rees-Zammit however, the world is their oyster, and he looks set to broaden his horizons.
A teen sensation that caught the eye with punters and international betting sites when he burst onto the rugby union scene in 2020. Louis Rees-Zammit’s stock has continued to rise exponentially.
Change appears to be afoot though, with Rees-Zammit announcing his intention to pursue a career in the NFL, taking indefinite leave from the world of rugby union.
Despite only being 22 years old, Louis Rees-Zammit has managed to squeeze a huge amount into his relatively short sporting career.
A prolific youngster in Welsh youth rugby, Rees-Zammit was always expected to cope well in the big-time and his presence in any Welsh side piques the interest of betting apps.
The pursuit of excellence continues to grip Louis Rees-Zammit though and he has opted to take a break from rugby union and chase his dream of becoming an NFL player.
Such is the phenomenon that Louis Rees-Zammit is within the world of rugby union, that those closest to him have expressed no doubt that he will be able to succeed in the NFL.
Rees-Zammit broke into the Gloucester first-team aged just 18, becoming the club’s youngest ever Premiership player, before becoming their youngest ever European try scorer soon after.
With Wales, he scored his first try aged just 19, before being called up to the British & Irish Lions squad in 2021 – becoming the youngest player selected for a Lions tour since 1959.
Will Wales cope?
For all the talk of Louis Rees-Zammit moving to the NFL centering around him on a personal level, question marks are looming as to whether Wales can cope in his absence.
A poor Six Nations campaign in 2023 saw a changing of the guard approach in many ways for Wales and they are seen as being amongst the favourites for Six Nations glory in 2024 with many online betting sites.
Replacing a player of Louis Rees-Zammit’s nature won’t be easy but with the likes of Rio Dyer and Tom Rogers needing to step up in his absence.
Can he crack the NFL?
A key debate with many pundits and betting apps since Louis Rees-Zammit’s announcement, has been whether he can actually cut it in the NFL.
Speed is a commodity in the NFL and Rees-Zammit has it in spades, with the physicality surely not an issue either but of course, simply stepping in at the elite level in any sport is no easy task.
The likes of Christian Wade, Alex Gray and Christian Scotland-Williamson endured relatively unsuccessful periods on the NFL’s International Player Pathway, but Louis Rees-Zammit will be hoping that he can be the trailblazer for generations to come.
Louis Rees-Zammit has been one of the high hopes for Welsh rugby for half a decade but the flying winger has opted to pursue a career in the NFL.
A move that has intrigued punters and online betting sites alike, will Rees-Zammit cut it in the NFL and will Wales be able to cope without him, are the key questions being asked.