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England international earns his shot at the NFL

Former England Sevens player Alex Gray has signed for the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.

The 26-year-old as joined the Falcons as a tight end with the move coming as part of the new international player pathway programme.



The former U16, U18, U20 and Sevens international captain also had spells with Newcastle Falcons and London Irish during his rugby career.

An injury ruled him out of the Sevens tournament at the Rio Olympics he chose not to continue his rugby career, deciding instead to switch to American football.

“I have been working hard for this goal and to be told it was going to happen was an amazing moment,” he told NFL.com.


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“This is the start of another journey. It is a fantastic thing that is happening, but I am not going to get to where I want to be without keeping myself grounded.

The former U16, U18, U20 and Sevens international captain also had spells with Newcastle Falcons and London Irish during his rugby career.

However, after an injury put him out of the Sevens tournament at the Rio Olympics he chose not to continue his rugby career, deciding instead to switch to American football.

“I have been working hard for this goal and to be told it was going to happen was an amazing moment,” he told NFL.com.

“This is the start of another journey. It is a fantastic thing that is happening, but I am not going to get to where I want to be without keeping myself grounded.