FORMER American college gridiron star Chris Coyle is set to join the ACT Brumbies next month.
Cut from the Houston Texans roster last year after sustaining a shoulder injury, Coyle (pictured) is preparing to move to Canberra after taking advantage of a relationship between the Brumbies and his former college Arizona State.
The 24-year-old told the Arizona Republic his NFL career was not "closed for good". But he added "it seems like my best opportunity is in rugby and I can't wait to get to Australia".
Coyle played 40 games over four seasons for the Sun Devils, tying for fourth on the team's all-time list of touchdowns, and fifth for receiving yards by a tight end.
Asked to compare gridiron to rugby, Coyle said: "There's not a defined play like in (American) 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, I get to tackle again."
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