Highly-rated Gloucester teenager Louis Rees-Zammit has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract following his hugely impressive step up to the senior squad this season.
Having scored nine tries in all competitions this season, the 18-year-old has now been rewarded with his first senior contract at the club, as calls for Wayne Pivac to include him in Wales’ Six Nations squad increase.
The wing made his senior debut for the club against Bath last season, and has already achieved a number of milestones in his young career.
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The Gallagher Premiership Player of the Month for December, Rees-Zammit is Gloucester’s youngest ever Premiership player, youngest ever player in a European match, and the youngest player ever to score a hat-trick in the Premiership.
With the Six Nations fast approaching, Rees-Zammit said that representing Wales remains his ultimate goal.
“I am delighted that my contract at Gloucester Rugby has been further extended to a senior squad long-term contract,’ he said.
“I love being at Gloucester Rugby and I am enjoying every second of being part of such a great squad. It’s been such an exciting year for me, and I am grateful for the support of all the staff, players and fans of Gloucester Rugby.
“My dream is to represent Wales at an international level, and I just want to keep working hard to achieve this goal, along with helping Gloucester Rugby reach our ambitions for success.”
Gloucester Rugby’s Director of Rugby, David Humphreys added: “Louis has had an amazing start to his professional rugby career at Gloucester Rugby.
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“Not many 18-year-old Academy players get an opportunity to play regular Premiership and Champions Cup, but Louis has taken his chance and become a regular member of the match day squad over the last few months.
“Having just signed an Academy contract, Louis’s form has now been rewarded with a long-term senior contract based on his outstanding performances for Gloucester Rugby.
“Louis has a very exciting future ahead of him and if he continues to work hard at his game, he will achieve success at Club level and ultimately at International level with Wales.
“Everyone at the Club is delighted he has committed his future to Gloucester Rugby.”
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Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann also welcomed the news of Rees-Zammit’s new contract.
“For his young age, Louis has a very mature attitude, a willingness to work hard, and a commitment to rugby,” Ackermann said.
“If he stays humble and stays hungry to improve, I have no doubt that he has an extremely promising career ahead of him.
“Louis has settled in nicely with the senior squad in a short time and I, along with all the coaching staff, look forward to continuing working with him and see him develop further, alongside the rest of the Gloucester Rugby senior players.”
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