Louis Rees-Zammit has just broken the rugby internet and Welsh hearts with a shocking announcement that will hurt rugby fans all around the globe. The Welsh winger has decided to step away from rugby for the foreseeable future to focus on realising his dream of playing American Football.
— Louis Rees-Zammit ⚡️ (@LouisReesZammit) January 16, 2024
Speaking on today’s news, Rees-Zammit said:
“Gloucester Rugby has been a huge part of my life. From the start at Hartpury College and my first professional rugby contract with Gloucester in 2020, to my Wales and Lions caps; the Club has been central to my development as a player, and I’m so grateful for their support.
“I will always be very proud of my time at Kingsholm and want to particularly thank the incredible fans who make the Club so special. Also, to my teammates, to George Skivington and Alex Brown, thank you for giving me such special memories and for supporting this next stage of my career.
“I have had the incredible honour of playing rugby for my country which, as a proud Welshman, I’ve never taken for granted. However, I believe that this is the right time for me to realise another professional goal of playing American football in the US. Those opportunities don’t come around very often.”
Commenting on the announcement Chief Executive Officer, Alex Brown, said:
“We understand the size of the opportunity before Zam and his lifelong ambition to play in the NFL.
“Whilst we are naturally sad to see him leave, ultimately, we are not able to dissuade him from taking an opportunity of this magnitude with the NFL.
“We remain very proud of the role Gloucester Rugby has played in helping to develop him into the world class player he has become, and we wish him the very best in the US. He will always be welcome at Kingsholm.”
Rees-Zammit will leave the UK for Florida this week to begin the IPP programme.