'I am getting faster' - Louis Rees-Zammit sends Six Nations warning
The Gloucester wing was a leading figure during last year’s title-winning triumph, scoring four tries and showcasing his remarkable finishing skills.
It proved a debut Six Nations to savour, and he has accelerated into this season’s tournament on the back of a spectacular 80-metre solo score for his club in their Gallagher Premiership victory over Newcastle last weekend.
“We’ve got a GPS device on the back of our shirts, and that measures everything in terms of speed,” Rees-Zammit said, ahead of Saturday’s opener against Ireland in Dublin.
Just turned 21st, Rees-Zammit previously clocked a 10.5 metres per second time – in a Gallagher Premiership against Saracens last season, which translates to 37.8 km per hour or 23.4 miles per hour.
He’s now faster.
“One day I will be quicker than the other, so I know I am getting faster.
“I have a got a speed performance coach at Gloucester (Daniel Tobin) and we work on it every day.
“We have been doing loads of drills that will help me, and it has been showing I have actually been getting quicker, which is always good.
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“I’ve got to try to do the basics well, and then my speed and all that stuff will take care of itself.”
For a player who only turned 21 earlier this week – birthday celebrations included Wales team-mates providing his favourite strawberry sponge cake – he is already established as a box-office talent.
“It (last year’s achievements) will be hard to beat, but at the same time I don’t want the second-year syndrome,” he added.
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“I’ve been working hard on my game, and I am really looking forward to the Six Nations.
“I am the same old person, really, I’ve just got a bit more experience under my belt from the last Six Nations and then the Lions tour.
“People will (know more about him), but I have to try and do more so they can’t know everything about me, which is what I kind of work on in training.
“They might know a lot about me and the way I play, but hopefully I can do things they won’t know.”
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