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Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Christian Wade has left rugby to pursue a career in the NFL.

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Wade, who won his only England cap against Argentina in 2013, is one of a number of players to switch from rugby to the NFL.

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Alex Gray spent eight years as a professional rugby player, representing England sevens and several English domestic teams, before deciding to take a different career path in the U.S.

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Gray was signed by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in May 2017 having never played a game of American football. He’s pictured signing a fan’s shirt at a pre-season mini-camp.

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Christian Scotland-Williamson left English rugby side Worcester Warriors and made his first NFL appearance for the Pittsburgh Steelers in August 2018.

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Australian Jarryd Hayne, primarily a rugby league player, signed for the San Francisco 49ers in 2014. After two years in the States and a brief spell playing sevens for Fiji, Hayne is now back playing in Australia’s NRL.

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Lawrence Okoye has an eclectic sporting background. As a schoolboy, he excelled in rugby and track and field athletics, and he still holds the British record for discus. He’s since featured for a number of NFL practice squads

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Nate Ebner’s unique sporting career means he has won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, but also played in the Olympics for the U.S. rugby sevens team.

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Hayden Smith (#82) spent two years as a tight end for the Jets having previously played rugby for USA and English club side Saracens.

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

Psalm Wooching chose to pursue a rugby career rather than one in the NFL. A promising college player, he captained the Washington Huskies to the national championship playoffs, but is now playing rugby for the U.S. national team.

Rugby and NFL: It’s complicated…

American winger Carlin Isles arrived at rugby sevens via a background of American football and track running. He’s bagged over 130 tries on the World Rugby Sevens Series.

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