Jonny Might and Louis Rees-Zammit are the quickest wingers within the west prepared for a Six Nations duel subsequent Saturday.
The Check in Cardiff will pitch Wales in opposition to England, crimson in opposition to white, youth in opposition to expertise, Gloucester in opposition to Gloucester and tempo in opposition to tempo.
After the pair’s sensational scores final trip – Might’s extraordinary hurdle versus Italy, and Rees-Zammit’s banana-kick chip-and-chase to beat Scotland – we’re set for a box-office showdown between the marvel wings.
Jonny Might and Louis Rees-Zammit are primed for a high-speed Six Nations duel on Saturday
Each go away scorch marks of their wake however the query on lips both facet of the Severn Bridge is: who’s faster?
‘Zamm,’ Matt Banahan, who performs with each at Kingsholm, reveals to Sportsmail.
‘Jonny is extra elusive, and has received good high-end velocity, however Zamm is gasoline, speedy. I’ve by no means run as quick as him – I’ve solely gone that quick in automobile!
‘His “go” is unbelievable. Once I prepare in opposition to him I simply present him the surface – “take it, I’ll let another person chase you!”’
Whereas rugby’s velocity statistics are sometimes shrouded in secrecy it appears Might, 30, is definitely a shade sooner than 20-year-old Rees-Zammit.
Within the 78th minutes in opposition to Saracens final season Rees-Zammit hit 10.5 metres/second – as measured by the GPS monitor all gamers put on of their shirts – or 23.48 miles per hour.
England winger Might scored a spectacular attempt in opposition to Italy by diving over Luca Sperandio
Might bested his personal document of 10.49 m/s from 2017, hitting 10.59 m/s (23.68mph) within the 2018 England v Barbarians match, making these two of the quickest wingers presently enjoying.
‘On a great day I can nearly sustain with Louis,’ smiles Might himself.
Might and Rees-Zammit are rushing up too.
Till not too long ago the Welshman didn’t work on his sprinting, counting on pure expertise, however now joins Might – who as soon as labored at Olympic legend Michael Johnson’s coaching centre – honing his abilities with Gloucester’s energy and conditioning coach Dan Tobin, himself a former sprinter.
Tim Taylor, who performed with Might at Gloucester a decade in the past and is now the academy backs transition coach, sees two differing kinds between the wingers.
‘When Louis is on a straight line he has out-and-out tempo,’ he tells Sportsmail.
‘Jonny has the power to stop-start on the mark, which is so onerous to defend.’
Whereas their tempo is comparable Might and Rees-Zammit are fairly completely different gamers and characters.
Might, 30, has truly been recorded as a shade sooner than 20-year-old Rees-Zammit (above)
Might, England’s second-top try-scorer of all time, has curbed the craziness of his youth to develop into the final word skilled.
‘If he was a wild horse when he first got here on the scene, he’s very a lot tamed now!’ explains Gloucester winger Charlie Sharples.
‘A number of the tries he scored had been having gone on these mazy runs, going via an entire group. He didn’t even know the place he was going, however had an incredible athletic capacity and that rogue aspect to his recreation. He doesn’t do loopy issues any extra.
‘Each aspect he’s labored onerous at. He has moulded himself to be a high-quality worldwide winger
‘Jonny has all the time had a compulsive nature, having the ability to do one thing religiously, feeling like he has to.
‘Rugby is his life, and you must admire that. It pays dividends for him.
Rees-Zammit’s gorgeous solo effort sealed an exciting victory for Wales in opposition to Scotland
‘Jonny is about marginal good points, one per facilities, oxygen chambers – all that preparation is as a lot about psychological as bodily preparation.
‘He leaves no stone unturned that’s for positive. Louis is extra laid-back.’
Because the senior man recovers in his hyperambic chamber, or stretches for hours to the timing of his wristwatch, Rees-Zammit has youngsters on TikTok swooning over him – many scrambling to inform him they had been free on Valentine’s Day after his try-scoring feats in entrance of hundreds of thousands on terrestrial tv.
The protégé works onerous too, however pre-Covid visits to observe Manchester United at Outdated Trafford, and rounds on the golf membership along with his brother and house-mate, Taylor, enable Rees-Zammit to change off when he isn’t embarrassing defenders.
‘He does get pleasure from golf,’ says 34-year-old Banahan.
‘He says he’s off 14 – I’ll take him spherical a course and hammer him, nonetheless!
‘He’s received a rounded persona and isn’t suffocated simply by rugby. It’s good to know he has opened his doorways to different stuff – some younger sportsmen can reside and breathe it an excessive amount of and if it doesn’t go proper you don’t have an outlet.
‘He’s actually solely been on the scene, once you keep in mind the Covid breaks, a couple of 12 months. You’ll be able to see what he’s achieved already; velocity can get you a variety of tries.
‘He’s nearer to my son’s age than mine! I sat with him within the health club this week and mentioned “what number of caps have you ever received Zamm?” “six” “what number of tries?” “4”.
‘I mentioned: “I received 4 in 16 Exams, so that you’re positively going to beat me. Bloody hell!”’
Rees-Zammit is making everybody really feel previous. Born in 2001 when Atomic Kitten had been No 1, he as soon as went out with Paul Scholes’ daughter – the previous United midfielder even making an attempt to persuade him to play for England.
The Penarth-born flyer has solely performed 34 skilled matches, six of them Exams, and is already a star tipped for the Lions. Taylor remembers first watching him.
‘We had an A-League recreation in opposition to Bristol away on a Monday evening,’ recollects the coach.
‘Louis was on the wing, caught a kick-off and went the size of the pitch and scored – we went “woah, this child’s received one thing”.
Sharples provides: ‘He’s received that confidence you may’t train – that air. He backs himself.
‘Watching him over the previous 12-18 months it does appear to be every part he touches turns to gold.
‘I labored with him final 12 months in his first season and requested him “what are your aspirations?” He mentioned “I wish to play worldwide rugby and for the Lions”.
‘For an 18 12 months previous to have that confidence, that imaginative and prescient of the place they wish to go was nice.
‘The world is his oyster. There aren’t many gamers I’ve seen which can be that bodily gifted. He’s bulked up, as you’d count on from somebody between 18 and 20, however he all the time had an enormous set of quads, uncooked velocity – traits you want for a world-class winger.’
Like Might, he’s wanting to study too.
‘I’ve given him a lot banter about his kicking,’ says Banahan.
‘However you noticed in opposition to Scotland he hit a banana kick!
‘Straight after the sport I mentioned: “fortunately it didn’t come off your shin like regular!”
‘He mentioned: “Properly I’ve been engaged on it as you’ve been moving into me!”’
At Kingsholm they imagine Might has the extra athletic leap for a high-ball, Rees-Zammit is a extra pure footballer, however within the west nation and past all are drooling over their match-up when England journey to Wales.
It’s mazy Might in opposition to Rees-Lightning, grasp in opposition to apprentice. Prepare for the quick present.