Western Daily Press

Lions call looking likely for wing star

Gloucester and Wales talent Louis Rees-Zammit looks set to be named in tour party

- JOHN EVELY john.evely@reachplc.com

WING star Louis Rees-Zammit looks nailed on for a place on the plane to South Africa this summer with the British and Irish Lions, and if his metaphoric rise continues at the pace it has in the last 18-months he could well find himself a Test starter come July.

At club level, the Welsh winger, pictured, has been knocking on the door of Gloucester’s attack coach Alex King to make sure the game doesn’t pass him by.

Speaking after the 35-24 victory over Newcastle Falcons last time out, where the 20-year-old scorched his way to another stunning try for his increasing­ly impressive highlights reel, Rees-Zammit said: “I sat down with Kingy at the start of the week because I definitely didn’t get my hands on the ball as much as I would have liked to against Sale.

“We sat down and looked at how I could get my hands on the ball a lot more, and thankfully that happened.

“Whenever I get the ball I try and do something to change the game - that is the standard I set for myself and hopefully when I do something we create a try, or a penalty, something positive. Our Gloucester identity is to create as many chances as possible, be physical and just score a lot of tries.”

Rees-Zammit, who helped Wales to the 2021 Guinness Six Nations title, said he has grown in confidence after starring at internatio­nal level, scoring five tries in nine games since his debut against France in the autumn.

He said: “When you are playing against the best teams and the best players in the country it gives you a bit of confidence to try things.

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