It is evidently a well-known fact that a unirational variety $X$ over an algebraic closed field (i.e. there is a dominant rational map from $\mathbb P^n$ to $X$) is rationally connected (by which I mean that any two points can be joined by a chain of rational curves). Numerous authors on birational geometry seem to state this as a remark, but don't indicate how one might prove it. The only proofs I have found of this fact (i.e. Fulton's Intersection Theory book example 10.1.6 and the paper of Samuel he quotes there) use the completion of local rings and power series. I was wondering if there was a purely algebraic (i.e. without completions) proof of this result.