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NFL: Rugby player Daniel Adongo signs for Indianapolis Colts

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 27/07/13 1:38pm

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Daniel Adongo: Signed with the Indianapolis Colts

Daniel Adongo: Signed with the Indianapolis Colts

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The NFL's search for players from outside America has continued with Kenyan Daniel Adongo, who played Super Rugby for the Southern Kings, signing for the Indianapolis Colts.

Following in the footsteps of former Saracens lock Hayden Smith, Adongo will trade in his rugby boots for NFL pads after signing with the Colts to play at outside linebacker.

23-year-old Adongo, who played for Kenya's national youth teams, has also played for Sharks, Bulls and Counties Manukau but will now try and make it in the NFL.

In a similar move to Britain's discus Olympian Lawrence Okoye being introduced to the NFL at the San Francisco 49ers, the Colts are hoping for big things from Adonogo who is a similarly impressive physical specimen.


"We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo," said Colts general manager Ryan Grigson on the team's website.

"He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport. We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks."

In another roster move, the Colts cut tight end Weslye Saunders a week after he was suspended by the NFL for eight games for a violation of their performance enhancing drug policy.

Saunders also picked up a four-game ban for the same violation when playing for the Steelers early in 2012, before they released him.

He joined the Colts in October and played 11 games including four starts last season, grabbing two receptions for 15 yards, but again the same problem has seen him without a team.

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