Making a name in rugby and the NFL

Updated 8:15 AM ET, Wed July 17, 2019
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Christian Wade left rugby to pursue a career in the NFL and was signed by the Buffalo Bills in 2019. Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Wade, who won his only England cap against Argentina in 2013, is one of a number of players to switch from rugby to the NFL. Stu Forster/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
Alex Gray spent eight years as a professional rugby player, representing England sevens and several English domestic teams, before deciding to take a different career path in the US Matt King/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Gray was signed by the NFL's Atlanta Falcons in May 2017 having never played a game of American football. He's pictured signing a fan's shirt at a pre-season mini-camp. Atlanta Falcons
Christian Scotland-Williamson left English rugby side Worcester Warriors and made his first NFL appearance for the Pittsburgh Steelers in August 2018. David Jones/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Australian Jarryd Hayne, primarily a rugby league player, signed for the San Francisco 49ers in 2014. After two years in the States and a brief spell playing sevens for Fiji, Hayne is now back playing in Australia's NRL. Dave Reginek/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Lawrence Okoye has an eclectic sporting background. As a schoolboy, he excelled in rugby and track and field athletics, and he still holds the British record for discus. He's since featured for a number of NFL practice squads Brian Bahr/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Nate Ebner's unique sporting career means he has won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, but also played in the Olympics for the US rugby sevens team. ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Hayden Smith (#82) spent two years as a tight end for the Jets having previously played rugby for USA and English club side Saracens. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Psalm Wooching chose to pursue a rugby career rather than one in the NFL. A promising college player, he captained the Washington Huskies to the national championship playoffs, but is now playing rugby for the U.S. national team. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
American winger Carlin Isles arrived at rugby sevens via a background of American football and track running. He's bagged over 130 tries on the World Rugby Sevens Series. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images/file