Louis Rees-Zammit has enjoyed a meteoric rise from teenage fan to Six Nations star but the flying winger is keeping his feet on the ground as Wales chase Grand Slam
- Rees-Zammit celebrated Wales’ last Grand Slam in 2019 from the stands
- The 20-year-old winger has scored three tries in three wins in the Six Nations
- Wales face Italy on Saturday and then France a week later in Grand Slam quest
Two years ago Louis Rees-Zammit celebrated Wales’ last Grand Slam from the stands as a teenager – now he has to pinch himself that he is so close to his own clean sweep.
The winger, now 20 and starting in Rome this Saturday, had not even made his English Premiership debut for Gloucester when Wales beat Ireland in the rain in 2019.
Having walked down the road from his home in Cardiff, he toasted victories over England and the Irish with his family.
Winger Louis Rees-Zammit celebrated Wales’ last Grand Slam in 2019 from the stands
‘I was at the England game, in the top of the stands when Jadsy (Josh Adams) scored in the corner celebrating, and the Ireland game too,’ Rees-Zammit said.
‘They were two really good games to go to. I only live 10 minutes away from the stadium, so I’ve gone since I was a kid with my parents.’
Asked to pick out a favourite he added: ‘It means a little bit more to beat England at home, but Ireland, winning the Grand Slam was definitely an amazing achievement for Welsh rugby.
‘It has all come very fast and I’m loving it to be honest. Two years ago I would never have thought this would be the situation I’d be in, but I am, so I have to live in it and show everyone what I’m about.
Wales were controversially awarded a try against England despite a knock on by Rees-Zammit
‘Trying to do something every time I get the ball is my goal.’
Despite a super start to his Test career – scoring four tries in seven so far, including three in three this Six Nations – Rees-Zammit was kept up at night after he failed to cross against England.
In the 40-24 win he had a glaring chance to seal the deal for Wales, but tangled his feet after speeding past club-mate Jonny May and was unable to regather and score.
‘I was devastated,’ he revealed.
‘I couldn’t sleep for two days afterwards. Every time I tried to fall asleep I would think about that ball, how it didn’t bounce up for me or how I tried to kick it.
‘I know those moments are going to come a lot in my career and I’ve just got to move onto the next job.’
Rees-Zammit’s reaction to Pascal Gauzere giving Wales’ controversial second try against England, after he had knocked on, went viral on social media – his eyes giving away his true thoughts.
‘I didn’t know if it was going to be a try or not and obviously the cameras caught me at an awkward time,’ he said.
‘Thankfully we scored.’
And Rees-Zammit is keeping his feet on the ground despite becoming an online sensation, as he and Wales focus on the Italians in Rome in their Grand Slam quest with France to finish next week.
‘It all started from the Ireland game and it kind of blew up on TikTok,’ said the winger.
‘I haven’t been able to keep on top of everything. I just try to focus on my game and not social media too much.
‘We’re not really focusing on the Grand Slam at the moment.
‘We’ve got a big game ahead this week and the senior players have just said to me: ‘work on your own game, it will come together eventually’.’
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