LA Giltinis

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LA Giltinis
LA Giltinis logo.png
FoundedMay 28, 2020
Ground(s) Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Capacity: 77,500)
CEOAdam Gilchrist
Coach(es) Darren Coleman
Captain(s) Dave Dennis
League(s) Major League Rugby
Official website

The LA Giltinis are a Major League Rugby team based in Los Angeles, California, United States. The team was announced in 2020 and entered the league in the 2021 season as an expansion franchise. The Giltinis, named for a yet-to-be-released cocktail, are owned by Adam Gilchrist and Loyals Rugby. [1] It is based in El Segundo, California and currently plays at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Darren Coleman was announced as the head coach. [2]


A potential Los Angeles expansion bid for MLR, led by LA Coast Rugby, was announced in 2018 with plans for the team to enter the league in 2019. [3] The team's bid was later replaced by a new proposal from Loyals Rugby, who were announced as the winners of the expansion team in 2020. [1] [2] The team, named for a cocktail like the Austin Gilgronis, will begin play in 2021. [1]


The Giltinis play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a multi-use stadium in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. [4]


Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2021–present Paladin Sports None


The LA Giltinis squad for the 2021 Major League Rugby season is: [5]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Sean McNulty* Hooker Ireland Ireland
Gelen Robinson Hooker United States United States
Lindsey Stevens Hooker Canada Canada
Mahe Vailanu Hooker Australia Australia
Charlie Abel Prop Australia Australia
Frikkie de Beer Prop South Africa South Africa
Marco Fepulea'i Prop Samoa Samoa
Ma'ake Muti* Prop Tonga Tonga
Blake Rogers Prop United States United States
Mafi Seanoa Prop United States United States
JP Smith Prop South Africa South Africa
Ruan Smith Prop South Africa South Africa
Sione Tuihalamaka Prop United States United States
Shawn Clark Lock United States United States
Nathan Den Hoedt Lock Australia Australia
Dave Dennis ( c) Lock Australia Australia
Luca Tani Lock United States United States
Luke White* Lock Australia Australia
Angus Cottrell Flanker Australia Australia
Harry McNulty Flanker Ireland Ireland
Christian Poidevin Flanker Australia Australia
Corey Thomas Flanker Australia Australia
Adam Ashe Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Pago Haini Number 8 United States United States
Langilangi Haupeakui Number 8 United States United States
Player Position Union
Harrison Goddard Scrum-half Australia Australia
Jeffrey Peleseuma Scrum-half United States United States
Cristian Rodriguez Scrum-half United States United States
Serupepeli Vularika Scrum-half Fiji Fiji
Luke Burton Fly-half Australia Australia
Luke Carty* Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Matt Giteau Fly-half Australia Australia
Adam Ashley-Cooper Centre Australia Australia
Watson Filikitonga Centre United States United States
Bill Meakes Centre Australia Australia
Jonetani Vasurakuta Centre Fiji Fiji
Vise Leasi* Wing Samoa Samoa
John Ryberg Wing United States United States
D. T. H. van der Merwe Wing Canada Canada
Glenn Bryce Fullback Scotland Scotland
Ryan James Fullback United States United States
  • Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players are listed in bold.
  • * denotes players qualified to play for the United States on dual nationality or residency grounds.
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten overseas players per match.

Head coaches


2021 season

Regular season

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
Match 20 New England Free Jacks Home Won, 42–27
Match 28 Seattle Seawolves Home Won, 57–26
April 10 Toronto Arrows Away Won, 43–16
April 17 Houston SaberCats Away Won, 48-33
April 24 San Diego Legion Home Won, 45-17
May 1 Old Glory DC Home Won, 47-17
May 8 Rugby United New York Away Lost, 16-18
May 15 Utah Warriors Home Won, 38-27
May 19 Austin Gilgronis Away Won, 17-3
May 29 Rugby ATL Away Lost, 12-17
June 13 Houston SaberCats Home Won, 52-5
June 19 San Diego Legion Away
June 27 Seattle Seawolves Away
July 2 New Orleans Gold Home
July 10 Austin Gilgronis Home
July 17 Utah Warriors Away


  1. ^ a b c Pengelly, Martin (June 1, 2020). "Major League Rugby announces LA Giltinis, second team named for a drink". The Guardian. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Major League Rugby Officially Welcomes the LA Giltinis" (Press release). Major League Rugby. May 28, 2020. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Carroll, Rory (July 11, 2018). "Los Angeles to get professional rugby team in 2019". Reuters. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Meet The Giltinis: LA's New Rugby Team to Open Play At Coliseum March 20". CBS Los Angeles. February 27, 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "LA Giltinis". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved 30 December 2020.

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