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Louis Rees-Zammit excited by his NFL hopes following transition from rugby

Louis Rees-Zammit says his American Football dream is 金光佛论坛渁live金光佛论坛 after starting out on the NFL金光佛论坛檚 International Player Pathway (IPP) following his switch from rugby union.

The Gloucester, Wales and British and Irish Lions wing stunned the world of rugby last month by quitting the sport in an attempt to secure a contract with an NFL team in 2024.

Rees-Zammit has joined the NFL金光佛论坛檚 intensive 10-week IPP programme in Florida, where he has been training as a wide receiver while also doing some running back drills.

金光佛论坛淭here金光佛论坛檚 a lot of transferable skills over from rugby,金光佛论坛 Rees-Zammit, 23, told BBC Wales金光佛论坛 Scrum V programme.

金光佛论坛淚金光佛论坛檓 absolutely loving training. My pursuit to be in the NFL is alive and I金光佛论坛檓 excited to see what the next 10 weeks holds.

金光佛论坛淚t金光佛论坛檚 tough to get your head around it a little bit at the start but, as with everything, you get used to it.

金光佛论坛淭he vision out of the sides (of the helmet) kind of effects things. But I金光佛论坛檓 getting used to it now and I金光佛论坛檒l see what happens.金光佛论坛

Rees-Zammit says 10 international players have joined the IPP, with a pro day held at the end of the programme to determine whether individuals are good enough to make the NFL grade.

金光佛论坛淭en weeks of intense training to see if your dream becomes a reality.

金光佛论坛淚t was the hardest decision of my life (to leave rugby), but it was always something I wanted to do, since a young age, and I thought it was the right time.

金光佛论坛淚f it works out, I have 10 years to try to play the sport I have loved growing up watching or I can come back to rugby and play the sport I love playing.金光佛论坛

Wales have lost their opening two Guinness Six Nations games in Rees-Zammit金光佛论坛檚 absence, narrow 27-26 and 16-14 defeats to Scotland and England respectively.

金光佛论坛淚 was jealous of the boys playing and it was in my mind that I was pretty gutted I did not play,金光佛论坛 Rees-Zammit said of Wales金光佛论坛 defeat at Twickenham on Saturday.

金光佛论坛淭he boys put a shift in and just managed to lose, which was tough. They gave it their all.

金光佛论坛淕ats (Warren Gatland, Wales head coach) was unbelievable with me when I told him of my decision.

金光佛论坛淗e asked if it (American Football) did not work what I would be doing and I said obviously I would be coming back to rugby.金光佛论坛

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