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Louis Rees-Zammit: Former Welsh rugby star signs for NFL champions Kansas City Chiefs

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Former Welsh rugby international Louis Rees-Zammit has signed for NFL champions the Kansas City Chiefs.

Former wing of the Gloucester Lions, Wales and British & Irish Lions announced in January that he was leaving rugby to pursue his dream of American football.

In a video posted by the Chiefs on X, he said: “Hi Chiefs Kingdom, Louis Rees-Zammit here.

“Just signed, can’t wait to see you all at Arrowhead.”

The Chiefs said on their official website: “The Kansas City Chiefs made an international splash on Friday with the addition of former European rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit to the squad.”

Rees-Zammit had played 32 matches for his country’s national team and scored 70 points.

But the 23-year-old joined the NFL’s international players’ journey ahead of the Six Nations tournament which saw Wales bring home the wooden spoon.

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Earlier this month he told Sky News that making it in the NFL would be “proudest moment of his life”.

He visited several NFL franchises, including the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos, but opted for the Chiefs, who have won the last two Super Bowl titles and three of the last five, inspired by star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end. Travis Kelce.

His dream came closer when he impressed at last week’s pro day which is part of the international players’ pathway.

Scouts from all 32 NFL teams watched him put through his paces at the event at the University of South Florida.

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Louis Rees-Zammit played 32 times for Wales. Photo: PA

Rees-Zammit clocked 4.43 seconds in his 40-yard dash, a 9-foot-7 broad jump and a 29-inch vertical jump.

He will try to earn a spot on Kansas City’s final 53-man roster for the 2024 season, which begins in September.

Running back and wide receiver are his designated positions, but if he doesn’t make it, he will likely spend his first season on Kansas City’s practice squad, the BBC reported.

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The Chiefs added: “Rees-Zammit took part in the International Player Pathway Program training earlier this month, which gave the former rugby star the opportunity to show NFL scouts what he could do.

“His workout included a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, which would have ranked fifth among tailbacks at the 2024 NFL scouting combine.”

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