Fastest rugby player ever? Wales' Jasmine Joyce's unbelievable pace in viral video

Jasmine Joyce

A clip of Welsh rugby player Jasmine Joyce has gone viral after the sevens star showed ridiculous speed to make a covering tackle for Great Britain against the USA.

Joyce was playing for the GB team in the final of the World Rugby Sevens Fast Four event in Vancouver, which also featured the US, Mexico and Canada.

Britain thrashed Mexico 43-0 to reach the final and then comprehensively beat the US 41-12. But it was a moment of Brilliance from Joyce which stole the headlines.

As American speed demon Jaz Grey burst through the British defence and looked to be racing clear to score, Joyce was seen at least 10 yards behind the US star. Remarkably, the Welsh player manages to catch Grey, before making a try-saving tackle.

Even the commentator couldn’t quite believe what was happening. “What a tackle from Jaz Joyce –– you won’t see that again,” he exclaimed.



The British player’s heroics have led many to proclaim her as one of the quickest rugby players on the planet.

One Twitter user wrote: “What a tackle! Wow! Incredible commitment to chase and not give up. Cracking stuff!!”

Another put: “Wow, the speed. She almost got a ticket.”

Joyce also starred for Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, scoring seven tries in just six games as GB narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.

The Welsh flyer also competed at Rio in 2016 and played for the full Welsh Rugby Union team at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Described by one commentator as being as “slippery as an eel in olive oil,” Joyce is one of the most devastating finishers in women’s rugby.

Still only 25-years-old, the British star still dreams of being a part of more major international tournaments and has her eyes set on the next World Cup in New Zealand, followed by the Paris Olympics in 2024.

“Hopefully, I’ll continue to get selected by Wales and want to go to the World Cup in New Zealand then Paris (Olympics) in 2024. Those are my rugby-based dreams for the next couple of years,” she told the World Rugby Sevens Website.

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