‘I don’t think you’ve seen the best of me’ – Louis Rees-Zammit

Wales' Louis Rees-Zammit applauds the fans following the Guinness Six Nations match at Stade de France, Paris. Picture date: Saturday March 18, 2023. Credit: Alamy

Wales’ Louis Rees-Zammit applauds the fans following the Guinness Six Nations match at Stade de France, Paris. Picture date: Saturday March 18, 2023. Credit: Alamy

Speedster Louis Rees-Zammit believes that he can shift his performances up a few gears, sounding a warning to Wales’ Rugby World Cup opponents.

The rapid winger has scored nine tries in 25 Test matches, earning him selection for the British and Irish Lions in 2021.

“I’m ready to showcase my skills ”

However, the 22-year-old wants to take his game to another level at his debut Rugby World Cup later this year.

He hopes to send out a stark warning of what he is capable of after a season hampered by injuries and is itching to get onto the pitch for the Rugby World Cup warm-up matches against England, home and away, and South Africa.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot to give. You’ve probably only seen a little bit,” Rees-Zammit stated ahead of Wales’ clash with England in Cardiff.

“I’m ready to showcase my skills on the field whenever I get the chance. I don’t think you’ve seen the best of me. I’ve got a lot more to give.”

Wants to be versatile

Rees-Zammit shot onto the scene as a lightning-quick winger but has also featured at full-back for Wales and Gloucester and wants to develop that side of his game as he takes the next steps in his career.

“I want to be versatile,” he said. “I want to add more strings to my bow, and if that means playing 15 as well, then I’m ready for it.

“I’ve trained at wing and fullback, so wherever I get played, I’ll try my hardest.”

He believes that his biggest work-on to play full-back is his defensive positioning, but added that he feels that he has the attributes to excel in the backfield.

“In Test rugby, there are a lot of kicks, and you’ve got to be ready. You’ve got to be in the right position at the right time,” he said.

“That’s a lot different to being on the wing, but in attack, you get more of a licence to go and look for the ball and get more touches.

“We do have a licence and freedom on the wing as well, but stepping up as a first receiver from fullback, I quite enjoy. I’d say I get my hands on the ball more at 15.

“I’d say my kicking game is pretty strong, but obviously, I do love running with the ball. Being a threat on the counterattack is also there.”

World Cup dream

Like many aspiring pros, Rees-Zammit’s dream as a boy was to play in a World Cup for his country, and this year’s tournament offers him his first opportunity to do so.

He remembers watching the 2019 tournament with his teammates at Hartpury College, never imagining he would be a Wales international himself a year later.

“Everything has come so quick, and I’ve tried riding the wave in a sense,” he said.

“I absolutely love it here. I love rugby and playing for Gloucester and Wales, and obviously, I got on the Lions tour as well, which was unbelievable.

“This is the next step, and I haven’t been to a World Cup yet. That is a dream.”

Brutal training camps

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is mulling over his selections as he looks to cut down his playing squad to 33 men for the World Cup.

And the players have been working hard in the punishing summer training camps, spending last week in Turkey, where temperatures have been hitting 40 degrees.

The outside back has described the camps as “brutal” and “probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done physically and mentally”.

“My body feels as sharp as ever,” he said as he puts his injury struggles behind him,” he said.

“I feel the best I’ve ever felt, so I’m really looking forward to these games coming up and showing what I can do.”

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