Brumbies turn to NFL tight end
Cape Town - It seems the Brumbies will have a new face at training next
month when former NFL tight end Chris Coyle arrives in Australia from
The Canberra side, who have a good relationship with Arizona State
University, are eager to offer Coyle an opportunity. He will touch down
on Friday, May 8.
Coyle, 24, was released from his contract at the Houston Texans last
year because of a shoulder injury and cannot wait to begin his new
"[The ASU coach] told me there was a team in Australia that was
interested in training me to become a [professional] rugby player," he
told The Arizona Republic.
"He explained the opportunities, that I could have a good future in
rugby overseas. He said a lot of ex-football players could be doing it,
but they don't take the risk and give it a shot.
"There are so many places you can end up, with a lot of great
financial opportunities because the sport is so popular in other areas
of the world."
He continued: "There's such a connection between the two sports. And
at first, I just used my athleticism. I used the things I knew from
football, my route running skills and my ball-carrying skills. But now,
there's so many times when I'll use a technique from football for
leverage in rugby, or something like that.
"The difference is, there's not a defined play like in football. It
flows like soccer. It's a ton of fun, such an active game, and anybody
can get the ball at any moment. And when I'm on defence, it takes me
back to my high school days and I get to tackle again.
"I wouldn't say the NFL is closed for good. But it seems like my best
opportunity is in rugby. And I can't wait to get to Australia and see
how it goes."