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Wales World Cup star taking inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo after copying celebration
Louis Rees-Zammit, a star for Wales, has been inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo after copying the Portuguese star’s victory celebration from last weekend’s match.
With a late bonus point try, the home nation maintained their perfect record in the Rugby World Cup. However, their performance was not very impressive. Rees-Zammit scored the team’s first try and has been a key player for Warren Gatland’s squad all season.
The winger for Gloucester has been a star for a while now, and he is still one of Wales’ most dangerous оffensive weapons. He scored a try in their opening win over Fiji, but last weekend as they crossed the try line he showed his love for Ronaldo by mimicking Ronaldo’s iconic celebration.
“Ronaldo is my favorite player,” he said openly. I even copy his style down to the boxers he wears. And I figured, “Hey, why not join in on his party too?”
Many of Rees-Zammit’s friends had encouraged him to take up the challenge against Portugal, the national team for which Ronaldo has appeared 201 times and scored 123 goals. “A couple of my buddies at home pressured me into it. He continued, “They love the sport, but we don’t play Portugal very often, so they miss out.”
So I promised them I would help them win if I scored. When I realized there was no one covering the backfield, I put a grubber through and, luckily, got the bounce.
In 29 international appearances, Rees-Zammit scored 11 tries for Wales, a team that has struggled for much of his career. With Gatland back, the Welsh have reason for hope despite having won only one of their five Six Nations games so far this year.
Despite being in good shape to advance from their pool thanks to two wins, they are by no means guaranteed a spot in the round of eight. This weekend they’ll face an Australia team that was defeated by Fiji the previous time they met. If Eddie Jones’s squad wins, all four teams in the pool will have lost twice.
Rees-Zammit commented on the competition, saying, “We know we’ve got a lot to learn and going up against Australia we’ve got to step it up a gear again.” Two victories have boosted confidence. It’s excellent that there’s always room for development even when success isn’t flawless.