Aaron Ramsey had trials for two prestigious rugby clubs.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has admitted he nearly chose a career in professional rugby over football.
The Gunners midfielder was invited for trials with Welsh side Newport Gwent Dragons and St Helens from rugby league as a youngster, but opted to pursue the round ball instead and joined Cardiff City as a 10-year-old.
“I like to think I would have made it if I’d chosen rugby,” Ramsey told The Daily Mail.
“I started off playing rugby league as well as union. I switched between fly-half and wing but I preferred to play fly-half. I liked to be at the heart of everything. I liked to be involved.
“I was a good reader of a rugby match. I could kick, too. Playing football obviously helped me with striking a ball, and I enjoyed the physical side of it. I think that has helped me overcome my injury problems but out there on the rugby pitch I liked things to come through me.”