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Former Super League player who had career cut short to become firefighter

Rugby league players are among the bravest sportsmen or women about however one former player is set to take on an even more daring and intense job as he transitions into becoming a firefighter.

Levy Nzoungou, 24, had his career ended early through injury but his second career is just beginning as he has become a firefighter and will join Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) in the New Year.

Nzoungou came through the youth system at St Helens and eventually found his way forging playing time at Bradford Bulls, Widnes Vikings and Salford Red Devils notably.

The big prop has undergone 15 weeks of training in order to qualify and reportedly “cannot wait” per the BBC.

Throughout the Frenchman’s seven-year career he also represented Hull FC, Toulouse Olympique, Oldham, Whitehaven, Doncaster and Swinton Lions.

Reporting the fire training as “tough” he’s set to take up the role in January and has stated why he had to call it a day in rugby, and what took him to this new opportunity.

“My last two years in rugby was the hardest part as that’s when I started picking up the injuries. After I snapped my Achilles, I just said that was enough.”

It’s reported that he said: “I needed to find something else where I would be part of a team, I’m so happy I have.

“The fire service does a brilliant job helping people and I wanted to be a part of that.”

The Chief Fire Officer for CFRS where Nzoungou will work has also appealed for further applications.

“We are offering anyone who wants to see if this could be the role for them the chance to try out at one of our taster sessions in January.”

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