'Amazing' Louis Rees-Zammit moment sees him evade Kansas City Chiefs team-mates

The Penarthian has made an instant impact -Credit:Harold Kuntz on X, formerly Twitter
The Penarthian has made an instant impact -Credit:Harold Kuntz on X, formerly Twitter

Former Wales rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit has produced an 'amazing' moment in training for Kansas City Chiefs.

The 23-year-old took part in his first rookie mini-camp last week, where he and the likes of fellow newbie Xavier Worthy were put through their paces alongside a number of undrafted Chiefs players hoping to make the cut for the 53-man active roster.

Footage from X, formerly Twitter, showed Rees-Zammit making catches and running lines at practice, sporting a full Chiefs kit with the number nine emblazoned on his back.

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There was one significant moment in training, though that has caught the attention of US media and gave Chiefs fans a glimpse of what kind of player they could be in for.

Jesse Newell from the Kansas City Star wrote: "During Sunday’s Chiefs rookie minicamp, there was a moment when running back Louis Rees-Zammit broke free.

"Quarterback Chris Oladokun connected with him on a halfback screen, and Rees-Zammit suddenly found himself in a familiar spot, given his rugby background:

"With available space.

"Rees-Zammit accelerated in the middle of the field, evading tacklers more than 40 yards before whistles eventually stopped the play.

"The moment flashed — if everything goes right — the type of skill the 23-year-old former Wales professional rugby player could bring to the Chiefs one day."

Speaking about this specific moment, the former Gloucester Rugby winger explained: "It was amazing. When there’s open fields, I feel like I’m playing rugby again. I can use my awareness when I am in space, and that’s when I can cause the most damage. So the more I can do that, the more I can help the team."

The former British and Irish Lion was also recorded throwing the American football like a rugby ball in training, clearly still connected to his roots. You can watch a clip of that below.

Furthermore, Chiefs coach Andy Reid has spoken highly of Rees-Zammit following the minicamp.

"This camp was good for him for that reason," he told reporters.

"He got a lot of reps. When the guys are here, he’s rotating with those guys. He didn’t get a ton of reps there, but this gave him an opportunity to really jump in and learn.

"He’s so diligent with everything and wants to be so good at everything," Reid added. "I’ve appreciated that, and you could see the progress he’s made.”

Another clip of Rees-Zammit in action at the rookie minicamp can be viewed below.

Rees-Zammit has signed a three year deal with the Chiefs, which could see him earn £2.21m. There is a summer of pre-season before he finds out if he's made the active roster, so there is plenty of time for the 32-cap former Wales international to impress his coaches and team-mates further.