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3 Rugby players who were offered transfers to other sports

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3 Rugby players who were offered transfers to other sports

These three rugby stars had the opportunity to change the sport at some point during their careers, but they declined.

#1 Dan Carter to NFL

Dan Carter to NFL

I ended up sitting with the head of special teams, who works with kickers and other specialists, and watching tape of elite place-kickers for a couple of hours, while he talked me through their technique.

I’ve worked with some incredible kicking coaches over the years but we had never gone into anything like this level of precision. The scout and I talked about the placement of the plant foot, the angle at which we position ourselves to the ball to open up the sweet spot, and the various parts of the ball.

We went through film of six different NFL kickers in minute detail.

Carter added that the head of the Patriots’ scouting programme wanted to see tape of the player six months later, after recovering from injury, but the All Black never sent the footage.

He bumped into Kraft again at last year’s Oscars, and the owner hadn’t forgotten.

He surprised me by not only remembering who I was, but asking whether I’d made that tape for his scouts.

I laughed it off, but I was flattered that he was still interested.

The idea was still floating in my mind a little.

#2 Danny Cipriani – Football

Wasps star Danny Cipriani shows off his football skills | Daily Mail Online

The England fly-half has spent time training with Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur this summer and has even turned out for both side’s reserves. And this week he was pictured playing a trial game for the MLS side Colorado Rapids, leading to speculation he could change sports. He was subsequently offered a contract. However, he turned them down to join Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels.

#3 James Haskell – MMA

He planned to go from the rugby pitch to the octagon, but now former rugby international James Haskell he decided to go stand up comedy. he joined Bellator MMA as part of its Heavyweight division. Haskell had previously done analysis and commentary work for English promotions such as BAMMA and CFF.

James Haskell stuns fans by signing for MMA promotion Bellator as ex-England rugby star makes switch to cage

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