From NPC to the NFL - Adongo's leap forward

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 12:01 26/07/2013
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NFL-BOUND: Daniel Adongo in action for Counties-Manukau.

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Counties-Manukau loose forward Daniel Adongo has made the leap from the NPC to the NFL.

The Indianapolis Colts announced today they have signed the 23-year-old as an outside linebacker.

It's an incredible transfer for a player who has just come off a season of Super Rugby with the Southern Kings in South Africa.

Adongo first emerged in Kenyan age grade teams before being snapped up by the Natal Sharks academy then the Bulls Super Rugby squad in 2011.

However, he was released early from that contract after being persuaded by Counties coach Tana Umaga to try his hand in New Zealand.

Adongo played 13 matches for the Steelers in last years's NPC before heading back to South Africa to join the Kings.

At 1.98m and 115kg he is well known for his muscular physique and is perfectly built for the NFL.

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

"He is not only an elite athlete an 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."

The announcement was even accompanied by an action shot of Adongo playing for the Steelers against Otago.

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