38 La Giltinis Best Players of All Time

John Means

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38 La Giltinis Best Players

The LA Giltinis are a professional rugby team based in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2020 by the ownership group Loyals Rugby and Adam Gilchrist, they joined Major League Rugby as an expansion franchise for 2021 season. Named after the signature cocktail of their owners’ bar located nearby El Segundo, the Giltinis have become one of Southern California’s most exciting teams to watch at home or on television with their fast-paced game style that brings fans together from all over America. With top players from around the world making up their roster, this is sure to be an unforgettable experience for any fan looking to follow them throughout their journey into becoming one of MLR’s best teams.

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1. Gelen Robinson

Gelen Robinson Career

  • NBA champion (2005)
  • 2× NBA All-Star (2000, 2001)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1995)
  • National college player of the year (1994)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1994)
  • Consensus second-team All-American (1993)
  • NCAA season scoring leader (1994)
  • Big Ten Player of the Year (1994)
  • Big Ten Athlete of the Year (1994)
  • First-team Parade All-American (1991)
  • McDonald's All-American (1991)
  • Indiana Mr. Basketball (1991)

Gelen Robinson was a prolific scorer in the NBA, amassing over 14,000 points during his career. He played for Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks between 1994-2002.

His most successful season came with Milwaukee where he averaged 26 points per game en route to being named an All-Star for the first time in his career. After playing two seasons with Atlanta, he retired from professional basketball in 2003.

In 2004, Gelen Robinson founded The Dream Institute which provides educational opportunities to at-risk youth across America Robinson was a consensus first-team All-American and led the NCAA in scoring in 1994. 

Robinson was drafted third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1994 NBA Draft, but he did not play for them until 1995 because of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

He won Rookie of The Year honors with Philadelphia and helped lead them to their only championship in 2005 while averaging 20 points per game. 

Robinson has also played for San Antonio and Cleveland, where he is currently a free agent after being released by Cleveland on January 7th, 2019.

2. Christian Poidevin

Christian Poidevin Career

  • 2019–2020: Randwick
  • 2018–2019: Sydney
  • 2021: LA Giltinis

Christian Poidevin was born in Australia on 9 September 1998. At the age of just 24, Christian is already a seasoned rugby union player and has represented his country at the junior level.

Christian attended Newington College before enrolling at the University of New South Wales to study business administration. In 2016, Christian made his debut for Sydney club Randwick Petersham and went on to make 11 appearances that season - scoring one try.

Christain as he started 12 games for Randwick Petersham, including three consecutive starts in round six-eight of the regular season which earned him selection in NSW Waratahs' State Championship side; he also represented Australia A during this time (scoring two tries).

Christian remains with Randwick Petersham but now features regularly off the bench; he finished the year having scored five tries from 14 appearances overall – good enough for second position on the club's try scorer list behind captain Michael Hooper. 

With such an impressive resume, it is no surprise that both Super Rugby sides have shown interest in signing Christian Poidevin next year – however, he has stated his desire to stay put with Randwick Petersham where he feels most comfortable playing rugby league alongside teammate George Jennings, which we think sounds like a pretty great idea.

Christian Poidevin is a flanker who has played for Randwick in the amateur ranks over the past two seasons. He made his debut for Sydney during their 2018–19 season and went on to play five matches before departing at the end of that campaign. 

In 2019, Christian signed with LA Giltinis in Italy and has since been playing regularly there throughout the current year.

3. Mahe Vailanu

Mahe Vailanu Career

  • 2017: Melbourne Rising
  • 2018: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2019: Panasonic Wild Knights
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2018: Rebels
  • 2022: Waratahs

Mahe Vailanu is a 25-year-old hooker/flanker who hails from Taree, Australia. Mahe started playing rugby at the age of just eight and quickly progressed through the ranks, making his provincial debut for NSW Country Eagles in 2017.

In 2018 he was named in Melbourne Rising's inaugural NRL squad and made his debut against Brisbane Broncos in round one of the season – scoring a try on his way to winning man of the match honors. 

Mahe; not only retained his place in Melbourne Rising's NRL side but also played for Australia A during their tour of Europe later that year, impressing with some impressive displays as an attacking flanker or hooker.

With plenty more potential still to be tapped into, there's no doubt that Mahe will continue to rise through the ranks over the coming years – watch out Rugby League World. Mahe Vailanu is a professional rugby player who plays for the LA Giltinis. 

He has played in Super Rugby for the 2022-Rebels and the Waratahs. In 2018, he played in two matches for the Rebels and scored one point. Mahe Vailanu was born on May 23rd, 1998 in Auckland, New Zealand to parents of Tonga descent.

His father Tongan internationals Toutai Kefu and Sione Faumuina both represented their country at a high level during their careers playing first-class football with Waitakere United FC and AS Roma respectively before moving into rugby union full time where they helped guide Tonga to World Cup appearances in 2003 and 2007 as well as Olympic gold medals in 2004

4. Matt Giteau

Matt Giteau Career

  • 2011–2017: Toulon
  • 2017–2020: Suntory Sungoliath
  • 2021-2022: LA Giltinis
  • 2001–2006: Brumbies
  • 2007–2009: Western Force
  • 2010–2011: Brumbies
  • 2002–2016: Australia

Matt Giteau is a rugby union player who has had a long and successful career. He started his career as an inside center but later moved to halfback and fly-half positions.

Matt Giteau has been a regular member of the Wallabies team since 2006 and has won numerous awards during his time in rugby union. His wife Bianca is also a professional rugby union player, and they have two children together - Kristy and Lance Franklin Jr.

Matt Giteau retired from international competition in 2015 after winning the Rugby World Cup with Australia that year. Matt Giteau is a former professional rugby union player who played for the Brisbane Broncos, Toulon, and France. Matt Giteau was born on October 25th, 1985 in Perth, Western Australia.

In 2009 he joined the Western Force and went on to make 37 appearances for them over three seasons before moving to the French side, Toulon. He made his international debut for Australia in 2002 and has since represented his country 103 times scoring 698 points including 41 tries as captain of Les Bleus from 2011-2016.

On September 29th, 2022 he announced his retirement from playing rugby at the age of 36 after 12 years with Toulon where he won five titles including two European Cups (2013 & 2016).

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5. Langilangi Haupeakui

Langilangi Haupeakui Career

  • 2016–2017: Stirling County
  • 2017–2020: Life West
  • 2016: Sacramento Express
  • 2016: Glasgow Warriors
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2016: United States

Langilangi Haupeakui was born on 3 July 1989 in San Mateo, California. Langilangi played rugby union for East Palo Alto Razorbacks and represented the United States at the international level.

He is a Flanker and has been playing professionally since 2016 with Colón del Norte Rugby Club in Argentina. Langilangi completed his undergraduate studies at the College of San Mateo in 2017, majoring in business administration with a focus on sports marketing management.

In December 2018 he was named as one of the six players to join the Americas Rugby Championship side Uruguay XV for their 2019 season campaign ahead of their debut against Canada on 5 February 2020. 

Langilangi Haupeakui is a New Zealand rugby union player who has played for the Sacramento Express and Glasgow Warriors in the PRO14.

Langilangi Haupeakui was born in Stirling County, Scotland on 10 May 1998. Langilangi Haupeakui attended Kelburn High School where he represented their rugby team before moving to New Zealand to attend university. 

In 2016, Lauaki Asipelaga named Haupeakui as one of six uncapped players that would take part in the inaugural Mitre 10 Cup season with the Sacramento Express side.

During his debut season with Sacramento Express, Haupeiui scored 15 points from 9 appearances helping them qualify for Europe for the first time ever. On 20 July 2017, it was announced that Lauaki Asipelaga had signed him on a two-year contract with Scottish side Glasgow Warriors starting in September 2017. 

In January 2019, he made his international debut against Wales scoring 5 points off 2 kicks at the right wing during an 18-16 loss at Scotstoun Stadium.

6. D. T. H. van der Merwe

D. T. H. van der Merwe Career

  • 2005–2009: Regina Rogues
  • 2018–2020: James Bay 
  • 2007–2008: Saracens
  • 2009–2015: Glasgow Warriors
  • 2015–2017: Scarlets
  • 2017–2018: Newcastle Falcons
  • 2018–2020: Glasgow Warriors
  • 2021–: LA Giltinis
  • 2006–2019: Canada

DTH van der Merwe is a rugby union player who has been playing for the Regina Rogues since 2018. He made his debut for the team in their 2018 season and has since played in all but one of their matches.

Van der Merwe primarily plays as a center or wing, but can also play full-back if needed. A native of South Africa, he first picked up rugby during his high school years before moving to Canada to further his career after graduation.

In 2017, van der Merwe was named captain of the James Bay AA side that competed in the Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC). After impressing with strong performances at both club and international levels, he signed with Regina ahead of their inaugural season in North America's PRO14 competition this year.

D. T. H. van der Merwe is a fly-half who has played for Saracens, Glasgow Warriors, and Scarlets in the Pro14 competition over the past three seasons. Van der Merwe made his debut for Saracens in 2007 and has since gone on to make 97 appearances for the club, scoring 41 tries throughout that time span. 

He joined Glasgow Warriors from Scarlets during the 2009–2010 season and went on to make 111 appearances for them before moving to Newcastle Falcons during the 2015–2016 campaign where he remains contracted until 2020.

Van der Merwe has also represented South Africa at the U20 level, making four appearances between 2006 and 2008 as well as playing two Tests against New Zealand in 2009 (winning one). 

His form with both Scarlets and Glasgow Warriors saw him named in The Rugby Paper's 2018/19 player of the year shortlist along with fellow Pro14 stars Johnny Sexton (Leinster) and Owen Farrell (London Irish).

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7. Adam Ashley-Cooper

Adam Ashley-Cooper Career

  • 2014: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2015–2017: Bordeaux Bègles
  • 2017–2018: Kobe Steelers
  • 2020: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2005–2011: Brumbies
  • 2012–15; 2019: Waratahs
  • 2005–2019: Australia

Adam Ashley-Cooper is an Australian rugby union player who has played for Northern Suburbs in Sydney and the NSW Country Eagles. 

He made his international debut for Australia in 2014, playing against England and Scotland.

In 2015 he was part of the Wallabies squad that won the Rugby World Cup, starting all three pool games as well as their quarterfinal victory over Argentina. 

Adam Ashley-Cooper retired from professional rugby at the end of 2017 but continues to play for NSW Country Eagles in National Premier Leagues competitions.

Adam Ashley-Cooper is a former Australian rugby union player who played for the Brumbies and Waratahs. He made his Test debut in 2005 against Wales and has since gone on to play 85 Tests for Australia. 

In 2008 he was awarded the John Eales Medal as the best player in the Australian domestic rugby union competition that year, and also won both the Harry Sunderland Trophy (for most points scored) and Shane Webcke Memorial Trophy (for a man of the match performances).

He announced his retirement from international rugby at the end of 2018 after winning back-to-back Super Rugby titles with the Brumbies. 

Adam Ashley-Cooper is married to model Rachael Finch, with whom he has two children - son Charlie and daughter Evie - born in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

8. Adam Ashe

Adam Ashe Career

  • 2014: Hillfoots
  • 2016–2017: Stirling County
  • 2017–2019: University of Canterbury RFC Ayr Stirling County
  • 2011–2020: Glasgow Warriors
  • 2020–22: LA Giltinis
  • 2019-2020: Stirling County
  • 2010: Scotland U17
  • 2011: Scotland U18
  • 2010–2013: Scotland U20
  • 2014–2020: Scotland
  • 2011–2012: Scotland 7s
  • 2020-22: UCLA Bruins RFC (Defence Coach)
  • 2022-: Stirling Wolves (Asst. coach)

Adam Ashe was born in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland on 24 July 1993. He attended Alva Academy and played rugby union for the school's team between 2011 and 2014.

He signed with Stirling County in 2016 and made his debut that year against Hillfoots. In 2017-2018 he joined the University of Canterbury RFC where he started all 18 games for them during that season scoring 21 points (5 tries) including 2 conversions and 3 penalty kick goals.

which helped lead them to their first-ever national cup win beating Edinburgh at Murrayfield Stadium 22–16 after extra time in the final game of the season.

Adam is currently contracted to play for Stirling County until 2019 however he has been linked with a move to Premiership side Ayr who are looking for an eighth man ahead of their inaugural campaign next year. 

Adam Ashe made his first-team debut for Glasgow Warriors in 2011. He has since played 73 games for the club and scored 17 points (65 total). 

In Super Rugby, he has played for Stirling County and was part of their side that reached the quarterfinals in 2019.

Adam also represented Scotland at the under-17, under-18, and under-20 levels before making his full international debut in 2010. 

Having won three caps to date, including one as captain of the U20s team, Adam is considered a key player for Scotland’s future success on the world stage.

9. Bill Meakes

Bill Meakes Career

  • 2009–2012: Northern Suburbs
  • 2013: Randwick
  • 2013–2014: Clifton
  • 2014–2016: Gloucester
  • 2016–2017: Perth Spirit
  • 2018: Melbourne Rising
  • 2020–2021: London Irish
  • 2021–: LA Giltinis
  • 2017: Western Force
  • 2018–2020: Rebels
  • 2011: Australia U20
  • 2011–2012: Australia

Bill Meakes was born in Manly, New South Wales, Australia on 23 February 1991. Bill began playing rugby union at the age of 10 for St Joseph's College in Hunters Hill and went on to represent Northern Suburbs and Randwick before joining Clifton in 2016.

The 31-year-old is currently a center with senior club status with Northern Suburbs and has played 48 matches over the course of his career scoring 11 tries whilst enjoying much success both domestically and internationally including representing Australia under the 20s and winning the 2017 National Rugby Championship title.

With strong domestic performances behind him, Bill is now looking forward to leading Clifton into next year's competition as they attempt to retain their crown against some tough opposition such as Sydney University Bill Meakes is the head coach of Perth Spirit.

He has been with the team since their inaugural season in 2016 and helped them make it to the playoffs in both 2017 and 2018.

In 2019, they finished bottom of the table but he has already started preparations for 2020 by signing new players. His focus will be on developing young players so that Perth Spirit can compete for titles in the future. 

Bill Meakes is a highly experienced coach who has played at a high level himself, which makes him an excellent mentor for his players.

He was born in Australia but now lives in England and speaks both English and Spanish fluently which gives him some advantage when coaching overseas teams.

Bill Meakes enjoys spending time with his family and loves traveling; he's also passionate about cricketing, playing regularly at the club level.

10. Harrison Goddard

Harrison Goddard Career

  • 2016–2019: Randwick Rugby Club
  • 2020: Gordon RFC
  • 2016: Greater Sydney Rams
  • 2017–2018: Melbourne Rising
  • 2021–2022: LA Giltinis
  • 2017−2019: Rebels
  • 2014-2015: Australian Schoolboys
  • 2015: Australian Youth Commonwealth 7s
  • 2017–2018: Australia U20
  • 2018: Australia Sevens

Harrison Goddard was born in Sydney, Australia on 8 April 1998. He played rugby union for Randwick Rugby Club and Greater Sydney Rams in the 2016-2018 seasons.

Harrison Goddard represented New South Wales at under 18 level before moving up to represent Australia at under 20 level. 

In 2020, he signed with Gordon RFC in the UK's Premiership division where he is currently playing rugby union professionally Harrison Goddard is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Melbourne Rising in the Super Rugby competition.

He has previously played for the Rebels and was part of their 2017–2018 championship-winning side. Harrison Goddard is an effective ball carrier and can also play as a fullback or wingman. 

He is contracted to Melbourne until 2020, after which he may move on to another team in Super Rugby or elsewhere in international rugby league.

11. Dave Dennis

Dave Dennis Career

  • 2007: Rebels
  • 2015: Sydney Stars
  • 2016–2020: Exeter Chiefs
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2007–2016: Waratahs
  • 2012–2013: Australia
  • 2004: Australian Schoolboys

Dave Dennis was born in 1986 and is an Australian rugby union player. Dave Dennis has played for the Sydney University rugby team, Richmond High School, and the Rebels in Super Rugby since 2007.

In 2015, Dave Dennis was named captain of the Rebels during their inaugural season in the Super Rugby competition. 

As captain of the Rebels, Dave Dennis led his team to victory in both their home opener against Auckland Blues and their away fixture against Western Force; earning him Man of the Match honors on both occasions.

In 2016–2020, Dave Dennis continued to play prominent minutes for the Rebels despite being restricted to just 8 games due to injury; scoring 19 points (7 tries) during that time period along with helping guide his side into finals contention on multiple occasions (although they ultimately fell short). 

After signing a one-year extension with the Rebels ahead of the 2020–21 season, it is anticipated that Dave will continue playing at a top level for another 2 seasons yet remain loyal to his current club until he hangs up his boots.

Dave Dennis is a Super Rugby player for the Sydney Stars. Dave Dennis has played 106 games for the Waratahs and scored 50 points. Dave Dennis was part of New South Wales' victorious 2005 National Championships team and represented Australia in their 2006 tour of Europe against England, Scotland, and Ireland. 

In 2007, Dave Dennis moved to Exeter Chiefs where he would stay until 2016 when he joined up with Sydney again. In total, Dave Denis has made 115 appearances for both teams across three codes - Rugby Union (Waratahs), Australian Rules Football (Exeter), and Rugby League (Sydney).

12. Luke Burton

Luke Burton Career

  • 2014–2017: Force
  • 2014–2017: Perth Spirit
  • 2017–2019: Biarritz
  • 2020: San Diego Legion
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2013–2014: Australia U20

Luke Burton is a professional rugby player who currently plays for the LA Giltinis in Italy. He was born in Perth, Western Australia and attended Hale School before playing for the San Diego Legion in the USA.

He has represented his country at under-20, under-23, and senior levels and played alongside Jonah Lomu during their time together at New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU). 

In 2017, Luke signed with Italian club La Giltinis following spells with Montpellier HSC and Bristol Bears respectively.

His rugby career has seen him play fly half or center for clubs such as San Diego Legion, Bristol Bears, Newcastle Falcons, and now La Giltinis. Luke is married to Australian actress Georgia King and they have two children; daughters Willow Mae (born February 2019) and Ruby Rose (born December 2018).

Luke Burton is a talented Australian footballer who has played for Perth Spirit and the Force in the A-League. Luke was born on 1 December 1992 in Perth, Western Australia. 

He started playing football at an early age and quickly developed into one of the country's top young talents. In 2014, Luke signed with Sydney FC but only made one appearance before joining Perth Spirit later that year.

With Perth Spirit, Luke became a force to be reckoned with as he helped them win back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 – cementing his place as one of Australia's best players at the international level too. 

In 2018, Luke joined the French side Biarritz where he has continued to perform well despite their poor season so far (with 5 goals from 62 appearances). 

Luke is still just 21 years old which shows how much potential he still possesses; there's no doubt that he will continue to improve over the coming years.

13. Luke Carty

Luke Carty Career

  • 2016–2018 Connacht A
  • 2021– LA Giltinis
  • 2021– United States

Luke Carty is an Irish rugby union fly-half who has played for Munster in the Pro12 and Ireland U20s. He made his senior debut for Munster in 2017 and was also called up to the Ireland squad that competed at the Americas Rugby Championship later that year.

In 2018, he helped Munster reach the PRO14 Final after leading them with 17 points from 11 matches during their run to the semi-finals. Luke Carty is currently contracted to Munster until 2020 and will likely be looking to add further silverware to his collection next season.

Luke Carty is a rugby player who plays for Connacht A in the Pro14. He has represented Ireland at the under-18 and under-20 levels but hasn't yet made his debut for the senior team. Carty was born in England but moved to Galway when he was just six months old. 

He started playing rugby while attending secondary school in Galway and went on to represent University College Dublin (UCD) RFC before joining Connacht in 2018.

In his first season with the province, Carty helped them reach the Pro14 playoffs where they lost to Glasgow Warriors 43-24 on aggregate; this was their first appearance in that stage of a European competition since 2014/15. 

The 22-year-old forward scored two tries during Connacht's win over Cardiff Blues last weekend - an important victory as it lifted them off the foot of the table.

14. Charlie Abel

Charlie Abel Career

  • 2018: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2019: Sydney
  • 2021–: LA Giltinis
  • 2020: Waratahs
  • 2020: Rebels

Charlie Abel is a prop who has played for the NSW Country Eagles since 2021. Abel was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has two brothers - Jake and Robbie.

In 2018, he made his debut for NSW Country Eagles in a Currie Cup match against Western Province. He scored one try during this season's competition. 

Abel was also selected to represent Australia at the World Rugby U20 Trophy later that year where they finished runner-up after losing to England 24–21 in the final on home soil.

Charlie Abel is contracted with New South Wales until 2023 and will be joining up with the Australian squad for their tour of Europe next month Abel, who has played for the Waratahs and Rebels in Super Rugby, was born in Sydney on 1 July 1992. 

He made his first-class debut for New South Wales Country Eagles against NSW at Coffs Harbour in 2012.

Abel moved to Sydney to study at the University of Technology but left after two years to join the Waratahs' development squad. Abel made his senior debut for the Waratahs against Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium on 25 March 2014, coming on as a replacement for Israel Folau (who had been sinned). 

He represented Australia U20s during their World Championship campaign in 2013 and played seven games for them including five starts before being named captain ahead of their final game against Argentina U20s which they won 45-14.

15. Lindsey Stevens

Lindsey Stevens Career

  • 2016-20: Eastern Suburbs
  • 2018: Houston Sabercats
  • 2019: New Orleans Gold
  • 2021-22: LA Giltinis
  • 2023: Chicago Hounds
  • 2022-: Canada

Lindsey Stevens was born on August 27, 1995, in Dripping Springs, Texas. She attended Dripping Springs High School and played rugby union for the Eastern Suburbs team from 2016 to 2020.

Lindsey has represented the USA at the youth level and won a silver medal at the U-18 World Cup in 2014. In her senior career, she has played 40 matches for Eastern Suburbs scoring 30 points while helping them reach the NSW Premier League playoffs twice (2018, 2019).

Lindsey is currently studying business administration at Waverley College in Sydney and looking to continue playing rugby when she returns home next year Lindsey Stevens was born and raised in Houston, Texas. 

She played soccer for her school's team throughout high school before joining the University of Virginia where she earned a degree in business administration with a focus on sports management.

Stevens made her professional debut as a defender for the Sabercats in 2018 and has since been one of their key players, helping them to win two National Championships (2018, 2020). 

In September 2019, it was announced that Stevens had signed with the New Orleans Gold as they began their inaugural season in the Women’s Pro Soccer League (WPSL). 

Lindsey is currently preparing for the upcoming WPSL season with the Gold while also continuing to play for Canada at the international level.

With over 100 appearances combined between NCAA Division I soccer and professional leagues across North America, Europe, and Asia - including spells with teams such as Sky Blue FC (New Jersey), and Washington Spirit FC (Washington D.C.).

Vancouver Whitecaps FC II (British Columbia) and Melbourne City SC – Lindsay is rightly considered one of the most experienced female footballers around today.

16. Nathan Den Hoedt

Nathan Den Hoedt Career

  • 2018: Brisbane City
  • 2019: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2021: LA Giltinis

Nathan Den Hoedt is a 25-year-old Australian rugby union player who currently plays for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition. Den Hoedt made his provincial debut with Western Force in 2014 and has since gone on to make over 50 appearances for them, scoring five tries.

He joined the Brumbies ahead of the 2018 season and has quickly established himself as one of their key players, starting all nine matches he's been available for so far this season. 

Den Hoedt is a powerful lock who excels at breaking through opposition defenses, something that has seen him score several tries and assists throughout his career thus far.

His standout performance came during the team's win over Melbourne Rebels earlier this year, where he played an instrumental role in helping them secure victory by making 13 tackles and collecting two offloads; both figures being record-breaking performances for a member of the Brumbies squad. 

With his contract set to expire at the end of the 2019 season, it will be interesting to see if either side offers an extension – should they not do so however, expect Den Hoedt to join another Super Rugby club before long.

Nathan Den Hoedt is a professional rugby league footballer who has played for the Brisbane City and NSW Country Eagles in the National Rugby League (NRL). Den Hoedt was born on 12 March 1996 in Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He attended Iona College before playing for the Randwick Magpies junior sides. 

In 2015, he made his NRL debut for the Brisbane City team. The following year he transferred to the NSW Country Eagles team where he continued to play until 2020 when he signed with LA Giltinis in Italy's top-flight competition Super League Europe (SL).

17. Angus Cottrell

Angus Cottrell Career

  • 2008–11: West Brisbane Bulldogs
  • 2015: Perth Spirit
  • 2018–2019: Melbourne Rising
  • 2021–2022: LA Giltinis
  • 2012–2017: Force
  • 2018–2020: Rebels

Angus Cottrell is a 33-year-old flanker who has played for West Brisbane Bulldogs, Perth Spirit, and Melbourne Rising in the NRL. Angus Cottrell was born in Brisbane, Queensland on 20 November 1989.

At school, Angus played rugby union for Brisbane Boys' College before being drafted into the Australian national rugby league team in 2008. He made his debut that year with the Sydney Roosters but would only play one more game for them before moving to West Brisbane Bulldogs the following season.

In 2015 he joined Perth Spirit where he remained until 2018 when he moved to Melbourne Rising as part of their inaugural roster Angus Cottrell is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays for the Rebels in Super Rugby. 

He started playing rugby at the age of six, and quickly developed into one of the country's top players.

In 2012, he was named to the All Blacks U20 side but opted to play for his home province instead. In 2017, he made his debut for the New Zealand senior team against Italy and has since gone on to make over 20 appearances for them across all formats of the game. 

Angus is known as a hard worker on and off the pitch - frequently putting in long hours during training sessions in order to improve his skillset further.

18. Corey Thomas

Corey Thomas was born in Australia on 21 September 1994. He started playing rugby union at the age of six and has since played for a number of clubs, most notably Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.

Corey made his Super Rugby debut with the Sunwolves in 2016 and has gone on to make 46 appearances for them across three seasons. 

In 2018, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Sunwolves ahead of their maiden season in Japan's top-flight competition, the Top League.

Corey is noted for his powerful running game and accurate passing; both of which have helped him become one of the team's key players over recent years. 

He is currently contracted to play for the Sunwolves until 2021 and is also rumored to be interested in representing Australia at the international level down the line Corey Thomas is a professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Kamaishi Seawaves in Japan's Top League.

Corey Thomas made his debut for Australia as a 17-year-old during the 2014 Four Nations and has since represented his country at the international level on multiple occasions, most notably playing in the 2018 World Cup. 

Corey Thomas is also an accomplished representative player having played for the Australian Schoolboys team and been selected to play for Queensland in State of Origin matches. In addition to rugby league. 

Corey Thomas also enjoys playing football professionally and was named Queensland Footballer of the Year in 2017 before joining Japanese side Kamaishi Seawaves ahead of the 2018 season.

Corey Thomas is one of Australia's most talented young athletes and will be looking to continue impressing both at the club level with Kamaisky Seawaves as well as internationally with Australia over the next few seasons.

19. Ben LeSage

Ben LeSage Career

  • 2016: Calgary Canucks
  • 2016–19: 2016–19
  • 2019: 2019
  • 2020–21: Toronto Arrows
  • 2022: LA Giltinis
  • 2017: Prairie Wolf Pack
  • 2016: Canada

Ben LeSage is a 27-year-old Canadian rugby union player who currently plays for the UBC Thunderbirds. Ben has represented Canada at the youth level and was part of the Calgary Canucks side that won the 2016 Amway Cup.

After graduating from the University of British Columbia in 2017, Ben joined UBC Thunderbirds where he has made 11 appearances so far this season. Ben is known for his powerful running game and strong defense which have seen him become a key member of the team during his time there thus far.

With several years of experience under his belt, Ben looks to continue to develop as both a player and person in order to reach even greater heights in his rugby union career Ben LeSage is a dynamic forward who has been playing in the Canadian Premier League for two seasons now.

 He has scored 25 goals in 18 appearances with the Toronto Arrows and his performances have caught the eye of many teams across North America.

Ben is an excellent finisher, able to score from close range or from further out on the pitch, and he will be a valuable player for whichever team signs him next season. 

Le Sage is also good at creating chances for others, whether that's through taking on defenders one-on-one or by setting up teammates with accurate passes. 

His hardworking attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to help his team win make him a popular member of any squad he joins and he should continue to develop as a professional footballer over time.

20. Will Chambers

Will Chambers Career

  • 2007–10: Melbourne Storm
  • 2012–19: Melbourne Storm
  • 2021: Cronulla Sharks
  • 2014–19: Queensland
  • 2015–17: Australia
  • 2014–19: Prime Minister's XIII
  • 2015–19: Indigenous All Stars
  • 2010–11: Queensland Reds
  • 2011–12: Munster
  • 2019–21: Suntory Sungoliath
  • 2022: LA Giltinis

Will Chambers is a talented and experienced rugby league player who has played for many clubs in Australia. He started playing at the age of eight and quickly developed into one of the best centers in the Australian rugby league.

Chambers has represented Queensland on several occasions, including at the state level and internationally with Australia A sides. In 2013, he joined the English club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on a three-year deal. 

Chambers was named joint winner of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles' 2014 Benny Elias Award – an award given to the club's best and fairest player – along with teammate Daly Cherry-Evans.

In 2015, he signed with French side Toulon for two years after being released by Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the end of that season. Will Chambers will be looking to help his new team win silverware.

when they compete in next year's Rugby World Cup tournament which takes place from 18 September - 3 November 2017 Chambers began playing rugby union in 2006, representing Queensland Reds and Munster.

Chambers made his test debut for Australia against South Africa in 2009 and has since played at the international level for Australia A, the Churchill Cup, and the Rugby World Cup. 

Chambers signed with Melbourne Storm ahead of the 2019 season after spending six seasons with Super Rugby side New Zealand Crusaders. 

Chambers is a powerful runner with good ball-carrying ability who can also score tries from midfield or as a forward; he was named player of the year in 2018 by both Australian media outlets and the online voting platform Sportal.

Chambers is widely considered one of Australasia's best players outside of Sydney and Melbourne – he has been called "the new Wallaby" by former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

 With 176 caps to his name, Will Chambers is currently second on Australia's all-time list behind George Gregan (229). In January 2020, Chamber became only the seventh man to feature in 100 tests for both New Zealand (103) and Australia (10).

21. Andrew Tuala

Andrew Tuala Career

  • 2016–2017: Greater Sydney Rams
  • 2018: Melbourne Rising
  • 2019: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2022: LA Giltinis
  • 2019: Waratahs

Andrew Tuala is a 31-year-old hooker from Australia who has played for the Waratahs in Super Rugby since 2016. He made his debut for New South Wales in 2011 and went on to play for Sydney University, Western Force, and the Waratahs before joining Racing 92 on loan at the end of 2018.

After returning to France he signed with the Waratahs ahead of the 2019 season. A powerful and Wasp-like scrummager, Andrew Tuala has also been used as a replacement prop during his career so far. 

He was part of Australia's successful 2017 World Cup campaign where they reached the final against New Zealand which they lost 34–32 after leading 28–10 at the half time Andrew Tuala is a talented flyhalf who has played for the Waratahs and Melbourne Rising in Super Rugby.

He was born in Sydney, Australia in 1998 and started playing rugby at an early age. Tuala had a successful junior career, winning National Championship titles with both the NSW Country Eagles side and the Randwick Kings club team. 

He made his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs in 2018 and went on to play nine matches during that season, scoring four tries along the way. 

In 2019 he switched clubs to join Melbourne Rising where he has continued to be a key player for them this season, leading their attack alongside fellow flyhalf Christian Lealiifano (NRL).

Andrew Tuala is currently contracted until 2021 with his main focus now being on helping Melbourne Rising qualify for the playoffs this year.

22. Sean McNulty

Sean McNulty Career

  • 2006–2007: Bahrain RFC
  • 2011–2014: Munster Rugby
  • 2015–2016: Leinster Rugby
  • 2016–2018: Leinster A
  • 2019–2020: New England
  • 2019: RUNY (loan)
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2013: Ireland Schoolboys
  • 2014: Ireland U19
  • 2014–2015: Ireland U20

Sean McNulty is a hooker for Munster Rugby and Leinster Rugby. He made his senior debut for Munster in 2016 and has since played 26 games for the province.

Sean was born in London, England, in 1995. After playing rugby union at Rockwell College and University College Dublin (UCD), he joined Bahrain RFC in 2015 as a development player before moving to Munster the following year.

In 2018 he signed with Worcester Warriors on a two-year contract from 2019 onwards. Sean McNulty is a professional rugby player who has played for both Ireland and Leinster. Sean McNulty was born in Co Carlow, Ireland on 5 January 1998.

Sean McNulty first came to prominence as a schoolboy with Ireland, playing in the Under-18 Junior World Championship and then captaining the side at the Under-20 level before graduating to senior status with Leinster A in 2018. 

In his debut season with Leinster A, Sean McNulty helped guide the team to promotion from the PRO12 competition.

Their first-ever league title - culminating in him being named Player of the Year awardee by both his club and country following an impressive year that also saw him make his international début against Wales at Aviva Stadium on 6 September 2018.

Ahead of the 2019–20 season, it was announced that McNulty had signed a loan deal with New England Patriots based out of Boston until May 2020 whilst he continues preparations for selection for Ireland’s forthcoming Six Nations campaign which begins against Italy on 2 February 2020.

23. Hanco Germishuys

Hanco Germishuys Career

  • 2014–15: Gloucester Academy
  • 2015: Sharks Academy
  • 2014–2015: West Omaha
  • 2015–2016: Glendale Raptors
  • 2017: Austin Huns
  • 2010: Australia U20
  • 2016: Denver Stampede
  • 2018: Austin Elite
  • 2019: Glendale Raptors
  • 2020–2021: Rugby United New York
  • 2022–: LA Giltinis
  • 2011–2014: United States U19
  • 2014–2016: United States U20
  • 2016: USA Selects
  • 2016: United States

Hanco Germishuys is a 26-year-old flanker who currently plays for LA Giltinis in the Italian rugby union championship. 

Germishuys was born and raised in Kimberley, South Africa, and played club rugby with Strand High School before coming to prominence at the youth level with Gloucester Academy, Sharks Academy, and most notably for Italy where he has made over 50 appearances.

Germishuys first came to attention as part of the Springbok Sevens team that won gold at the IRB Junior World Championship in 2012 but it was his performances for Italy during their latest Six Nations campaign that saw him earn selection into the senior squad ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup. 

A powerful tackler and good ball carrier, Hanco is likely to be an important player for Italy throughout 2019 until they qualify again for the global showpiece event next year Hanco Germishuys is a lock for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

He was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, but he now calls West Omaha home. Hanco Germishuys has been playing rugby since he was young and has quickly become one of the top players in the world. 

Hanco Germishuys has played for several teams around the world including Glendale Raptors, Austin Elite, Rugby United New York (RNY), LA Giltinis and more recently Denver Stampede where he currently plays as a fullback/flyhalf hybrid player. 

In 2015-2016 Hanco Germishuys helped lead his team to victory at The Americas Pacific Challenge tournament which qualified them for their first-ever appearance at the IRB World Club Championship where they reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions Harlequins RFC.

After helping RNY achieve promotion back to Super 14 competition this year Hanco Germishusy will be looking to help his new team reach even greater heights next season.

24. Stephen Hoiles

Stephen Hoiles Career

  • 2002–2016: Randwick
  • 2014: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2004–2006: Waratahs
  • 2007–2011: Brumbies
  • 2014-2015: Waratahs
  • 2004–08: Australia

Stephen Hoiles is an Australian rugby union commentator and head coach. He started playing rugby at Coogee Seahorses as a youngster, before making his senior debut for Randwick in 2002.

During his time with the club, he represented New South Wales and Australia A several times, winning two National Rugby Championship titles (2007–08) and the 2011 Churchill Cup. 

In 2016, he joined French side Bordeaux-Bègles as their new head coach after leaving Randwick following four years in charge of the team.

Stephen has one daughter - born in December 2017 - and splits his time between Sydney and France Stephen Hoiles is a Super Rugby player for the Waratahs. Stephen has represented Australia at the international level on multiple occasions and was part of the team that won the World Cup in 2003. 

He started his career playing for Sydney clubs Randwick and Norths before moving to Brumbies in 2006, where he played until 2011.

After two years out of rugby due to injury, Stephen rejoined the Waratahs in 2014 and has since been a key member of their squad. Outside of rugby, Stephen works as an accountant and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

25. Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell is a back-row forward who has played for Oxford University and Harlequins. Tom Mitchell was born in 1989 and attended Worth School before going to Kellogg College, Oxford where he studied politics, philosophy, and economics.

In 2011, Tom Mitchell made his debut for Oxford University against Harlequins at the Kassam Stadium; playing just one game for them that season but scoring five points. 

The following year saw Mitchell make his first appearance for LA Giltinis in the USA Pro D2 competition - starting all eight of their games as they finished third during that campaign.

Tom Mitchell joined Harlequins on a two-year contract in January 2021 after impressing during pre-season friendlies with the London side; making 20 appearances over those two years before leaving at the end of 2020 due to injury. 

Whilst primarily a back row player, Tom also has experience as an outside center or wing which can be seen when he starts games at either position depending on what is required by his team (usually being used more from midfield).

August 2019) At 33 years old, Tom Mitchell announced his retirement from professional rugby union having sustained a serious knee injury late into the 2018/19 season which ended any hope of him featuring again for Harlequins this term or beyond. 

Tom Mitchell is a professional rugby player who was born and raised in England. Tom has represented both Great Britain and England at the Olympics, and Commonwealth Games, as well as on international teams such as the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

He is known for his explosive running ability and speed downfield, which has seen him score many tries during his career so far. Tom currently plays for Leicester Tigers in the English Premiership, where he also serves as captain of the team.

26. Djustice Sears-Duru

Djustice Sears-Duru Career

  • 2016–17: Castaway Wanderers
  • 2014: North Otago
  • 2016–17: Glasgow Warriors
  • 2017–18: Ealing Trailfinders
  • 2018: Ontario Arrows
  • 2019–2021: Seattle Seawolves
  • 2022: LA Giltinis
  • 2013–14: Canada U20
  • 2014: Canada

Djustice Sears-Duru is a prop who played for Canada in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta and currently plays for Castaway Wanderers in the Ontario Rugby Union (ORU).

Sears-Duru made his senior debut with Ayr during the 2014 season and has since accumulated over 50 appearances for them across two seasons. 

In 2016 he moved to Oakville Crusaders, where he started all five of their matches during their inaugural campaign in the Canadian Premiership – finishing as joint top scorer alongside teammate Jebb Sinclair on 8 points each.

Sears-Duru is an extremely athletic player who uses his size well to power through opposing defenses; this attribute has seen him earn selection at the international level on several occasions including Canada's 2017 tour of Europe and Africa, as well as their appearance at this year's Rugby World Cup.

where they reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Wales Djustice Sears-Duru a talented scrumhalf who has represented both Scotland and Canada at the international level.

He made his debut for Glasgow Warriors in 2016 and quickly emerged as one of the club's stars, helping them to win the Scottish Premiership that season. In 2017 he was called up to represent Canada at the World Rugby U20 Championship.

 where they reached the final but were beaten by England. Sears-Duru spent 2018 on loan with Ealing Trailfinders, helping them reach the Challenge Cup semi-finals before being controversially banned from playing in their final match due to concussion symptoms.

He returned to Glasgow in time for the 2019/20 campaign where he started off well but suffered an ankle injury that ruled him out for a month or so; once he had recovered from his impact was felt again as Glasgow went on to complete a domestic treble. 

This included another title victory over Edinburgh and qualification for Europe's top competition - Champions League rugby. 

As the regulation play ended this year Djustice announced his retirement from professional rugby citing ongoing health concerns stemming from concussions sustained during his career thus far (he will continue playing club rugby).

27. Glenn Bryce

Glenn Bryce Career

  • 2012–2013: Jersey
  • 2013–2014: Doncaster Knights
  • 2020: LA Giltinis
  • 2014–2016: Glasgow Warriors
  • 2016–2018: Edinburgh
  • 2018–2020: Glasgow Warriors
  • 2010–2011: Scotland U20
  • 2015–2017: Scotland

Glenn Bryce was born in Alloa, Scotland on 7 June 1991. Glenn started playing rugby union at the age of nine for his local club Alloa RFC. He made his senior debut with Stirling County in 2012 and has since played over 150 games for them across two spells.

In 2018, he signed a one-year contract to join Jersey during their inaugural season in Europe's second-tier competition, the Pro14. Glenn is known as an effective full-back who is also capable of taking on forwards if needed; this has seen him score 14 tries in total during his career so far.

Glen Bryce represented Scotland at the youth level before making his full international debut against Wales in 2016 and going on to make three more appearances throughout that year and 2017 respectively. Glenn Bryce is a Scottish international rugby union player who has played for Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh.

He made his senior debut for Glasgow in 2014, and he has since represented Scotland at under-20, under-21, and senior levels. In 2018 he signed a contract extension with the Warriors that will keep him at the club until 2020. 

Glenn Bryce is a powerful scrumhalf who can also play as a winger or full-back in midfield. He is known for his hard running and accurate kicking which makes him an important asset to any team he plays for.

Glenn Bryce was born in Dumfries but grew up in Irvine where he attended Holyrood High School before moving to study sports science at Strathclyde University. His parents are both active volunteers with their local community group - The Friends of Glencorse Golf Club.

28. Harry McNulty

Harry McNulty Career

  • 2012–14: Munster Academy
  • 2014: UCD
  • 2015–15: Univ. of Queensland
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2015: Ireland 7s

Harry McNulty is a rugby union player who has represented Ireland and Trinity College Dublin. He was born in Bahrain but grew up in Ireland before moving to the University of Limerick and then to Trinity College Dublin.

His brother, Sean, also plays rugby for Ireland and they are the only two brothers ever to play together for the national team. Harry finished his university studies in 2016 and now works as a financial analyst with an insurance company.

In his spare time he enjoys playing music and going out with friends or family members Harry McNulty is a rugby player who has represented both Munster Academy and UCD. He made his debut for Munster in the 2016–17 season and went on to make five appearances for the team before leaving at the end of that campaign.

In 2018, McNulty joined La Giltinis as their first-choice tighthead prop, making 10 appearances for them during the 2018–19 season. Harry McNulty is considered a front-row specialist and is known for his strength in opposition scrums.

29. Serupepeli Vularika

Serupepeli Vularika Career

  • 2018: Fijian Drua
  • 2019–2020: Fijian Latui
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2015–2018: Fiji Warriors
  • 2016–2020: Fiji

Serupepeli Vularika is a scrum half for Fiji Drua in the National Rugby Championship. She played club rugby in Australia and New Zealand, before moving to Fiji in 2016.

Vularika represented her country at both under-20 and under-23 levels, before making her debut for the senior side in 2018. A hardworking player with good passing skills, she has been key to Fiji Drua's recent success in the National Rugby Championship competition.

In September of this year, she made her international debut against Tonga - a match in which Fiji won 57–0. Serupepeli Vularika is a Fijian rugby player who has represented the Fiji national team since 2015. In 2018, he was part of the Fiji side that won the Pacific Nations Cup.

He also played in both of Fiji's matches at the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualification tournament, helping his country to finish fourth in their group. Serupepeli Vularika is an all-round midfielder, capable of playing as either a prop or a lock; he is commonly used as one of Fiji's more experienced players on the field.

He originally hails from Lautoka in north-west Fiji and plays for La Giltinis RFC in Suva province; he has previously been contracted to French club Toulon but left them after just two months due to visa problems. 

Serupepeli Vularika currently doesn't have any other professional teams attached to him and will likely retire from rugby once his current contract with La Giltinis expires later this year.

30. Jordan Trainor

Jordan Trainor Career

  • 2015–2016: Waikato
  • 2017–2019: Blues
  • 2017: Auckland
  • 2022: LA Giltinis
  • 2016: New Zealand U20

Jordan Trainor is a 26-year-old fullback who currently plays for Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup. He started playing rugby union at St Peter's College, Auckland, and went on to play for the University of Waikato before signing with LA Giltinis earlier this year.

Jordan has been described as an aggressive fullback who can also fill in at wing during short spells. His sister Aimee is a singer/songwriter who has had some success in New Zealand and Australia respectively. 

Jordan was born in 1996, making him one of the youngest players competing at the professional level today Jordan Trainor is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Auckland Blues in the National Rugby League.

He was born and raised in Waikato, New Zealand before moving to Australia to play football with Melbourne Storm in 2013. In 2015, he made his debut for the Waikato Bears in the NRL and went on to make 11 appearances for them that season as well as scoring 82 points from 11 apps. 

The following year, Jordan joined the new side, Auckland Blues where he has since appeared in 19 games (scoring 37 points) and been an important part of their team defense unit.

Outside of playing rugby league, Jordan also has a degree from Monash University which he started studying while playing football full-time with Melbourne Storm and completed whilst still representing NZ at the international level during the 2017-2018 seasons.

31. Leslie Leuluaʻialiʻi-Makin

Leslie Leuluaʻialiʻi-Makin Career

  • Current team: LA Giltinis
  • 2012: Queanbeyan Whites
  • 2014–2019: Canberra Vikings
  • 2015–2019: Brumbies
  • 2020: Kurita Water Gush
  • 2012: Australia Under-20

Leslie Leuluaʻialiʻi-Makin was born on 2 January 1992 in Canberra, Australia. He is a loosehead prop and has been playing rugby union since he was young.

Leslie currently plays for LA Giltinis in the Italian Pro 14 competition and has represented Australia at the Under 20 level as well as the Junior World Championships.

In 2016, he won his first cap for Australia against Italy and starred in their victory over South Africa later that year with an impressive all-round performance including a try assist.

Leslie is set to make his international debut against Scotland this weekend and looks to continue improving both domestically and internationally with continued success at the club level. Leslie Leuluaʻialiʻi-Makin is a rugby union player who represented Australia at the Under 20 level.

He has played for the Canberra Vikings and Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition. Leslie made his senior international debut for Fiji in 2018 against Tonga, playing 50 minutes off the bench. 

In 2019 he was called up to play for Australia ahead of their World Cup campaign but did not make an appearance due to an injury sustained during training camp before the tournament began.

Leslie is originally from Samoa and moved to Australia as a teenager to pursue rugby union opportunities; he now captains the Kurita Water Gush side in Japan's Top League competition.

32. Orene Ai'i

Orene Ai Career

  • 1998–2004: Auckland
  • 1999: Hurricanes
  • 2000–2004: Blues
  • 2005–2007: Toyota Verblitz
  • 2008–2009: Toulon
  • 2009–2012: Toyota Verblitz
  • 2012: Blues
  • 2012: Northland
  • 2013–2014: Auckland
  • 2016: San Francisco Rush
  • 2021–: LA Giltinis
  • 1998: Samoa
  • 1999–2005: New Zealand

Orene Ai'i is a rugby union player who has played for Auckland and the Hurricanes. She made her debut for Auckland in 1998 and went on to play 47 games for them over four seasons.

Orene then moved to the Hurricanes where she made two appearances during her senior career. Orene is a fly-half by trade, but can also fill in at fullback if needed. 

Her main strength lies in her kicking game which allows her team to build attacks from deep down the field.

Orene is married with three children and currently resides in New Zealand's North Island Orene Ai'i is a dynamic and powerful winger who can score tries from anywhere on the field. 

Orene Ai'i was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and played for the Blues from 2000 to 2004. In 2005, Orene joined Toyota Verblitz where he became one of Japan's most consistent players over the next few years.

After spending two seasons with Toyota Verblitz, Orene moved to France and signed with Toulon in 2008. In 2009, Orene helped lead Toulon to their first-ever Champions Cup title as well as an appearance in the World Cup Final later that year. 

After three successful seasons with Toulon, Oreene left Europe again and returned home to play for the Blues in the 2012–13 season before signing with Northland shortly afterward.

In 2016, Oreene made history by becoming the only player ever at the Super Rugby level to be capped 25 times by 7 different countries - Samoa (1998), New Zealand (1999-2005), San Francisco Rush (2016) Tonga (2006), LA Giltinis( 2021).

33. JP Smith

JP Smith Career

  • 2010: Western Province
  • 2014–2015: Brumbies
  • 2014: Canberra Vikings
  • 2015–2016: Western Province
  • 2016: Stormers
  • 2018–2020: Reds
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2021: Lions
  • 2022: Golden Lions

JP Smith is a prop for the Lions and Golden Lions. JP Smith represented South Africa at the youth level, playing for Paarl Gimnasium in rugby union. JP Smith has been with the Lions since 2013 and made his Super Rugby debut that year against the Crusaders.

In 2016, he was named in South Africa's squad for their tour of Europe but didn't feature in any games due to injury. The following season, 2017, saw JPSmith make 26 appearances for the Lions including 12 starts as they finished 3rd on the ladder and qualified automatically for the 2018 playoffs.

where they lost to eventual champions New Zealand 33-29 in an epic semi-final comeback game that went down as one of Rugby Union's greatest-ever matches; this also earned him SA co-player of the year honors along with Duane Vermeulen who had recently retired from international rugby after winning 106 caps (the most by any player).

In June 2018 it was announced that JPSmith would leave South African rugby at season's end to join French side Toulon on a 2-year deal however he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture while training just before. Christmas thus ended his career prematurely; despite this setback, he remains hugely popular within both. 

South Africa and internationally has achieved great success during his time with either club or country - truly a legend within both codes. JP Smith was born in Cape Town, South Africa on the 8th of February 1992. 

JP played for Western Province from 2009 to 2011 and then moved on to the Brumbies where he made 24 appearances between 2014 and 2015.

He also represented Canberra Vikings and the Stormers during this time before joining the Reds in 2016. In 2018, Smith joined Lions as a replacement for Bakkies Botha who had recently retired from rugby union. He has so far made 21 appearances for them, scoring 5 tries along the way. 

Outside of rugby union, Smith studied at the University of Pretoria where he attained a Business degree with honors in 2013 and an Accounting diploma with honors in 2017. JP is currently living outside of South Africa with his wife Gizelle (née Koster) and their two children Kiari (born in 2016) and Zion (born 2019).

34. Pago Haini

Pago Haini Career

  • 2018: Houston SaberCats
  • 2019: New England Free Jacks
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2017: United States Sevens

Pago Haini was born in American Samoa on December 16, 1991. He started playing rugby union at a young age and made his senior debut for the Samoan national team in 2011.

Pago has represented Samoa at various international tournaments including the Pacific Rugby Championship, World Cup Qualifier, and the IRB Nations Cup. He is currently contracted to the French side Racing 92 where he plays as a flanker.

Pago Haini is a rugby league player for the Houston SaberCats in the National Rugby League. He has represented New Zealand at the international level and played in the 2017 World Cup. Pago Haini was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 9 November 1995.

He attended Mt Albert Grammar School where he played fullback and winger before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos of the NRL as a 17-year-old rookie development squad member in 2013 after impressing during his trials with them that year. 

In Round 1 of the 2014 season against Canberra Raiders, Pago scored his first try for Brisbane playing off an overlap from Payne Haas to give Brisbane their opening try of what would be their Preliminary Final victory over Melbourne Storm 23–16 at AAMI Park after finishing runners up behind. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs throughout most of that regular season campaign. However, it would ultimately be his last game for the Queensland club due to an injury sustained early into the 2015 pre-season training camp prior to the round one match against Perth Wildcats which ruled him out until late 2016. 

when he finally returned back into the first-grade side playing fullback for injured forward Darius Boyd against Newcastle Knights but unfortunately again picked up another shoulder injury ruling him out indefinitely once more returning later this year and only just managed to play 3 games. 

Before injuring himself again ending any hope there may have been of getting back onto the field this time tearing ligaments in hand so fingers will stay crossed hoping 2019 can finally see him healthy enough both mentally and physically able to run around like mad man doing what he loves.

35. Ryan James

Ryan James Career

  • 2010–19: Gold Coast Titans
  • 2021: Canberra Raiders
  • 2021: Canterbury Bulldogs
  • 2022: Brisbane Broncos
  • 2011–23: Indigenous All Stars
  • 2013–15: Country Origin

Ryan James was born in San Diego, USA on September 19th, 1999. He started playing rugby union at the age of seven and has since played for a number of teams both in America and abroad including Saracens Academy and Harlequins Rugby Club.

Ryan is currently contracted to Worcester Warriors in England’s Premiership division where he plays wing or fullback. 

In April 2018, Ryan helped his club win the English Premiership Shield title after scoring two tries during their final game of the season against Northampton Saints which secured a spot in Europe next season by winning the competition.

Ryan represented his country at U16, U18, and U20 levels before making his debut for The United States national team as an 18-year-old back in May 2017 during their tour of Argentina.

 Since then he has been part (along with Eagles teammate Tevin Coleman) of The US squad that competed at the Americas Qualifier Series finishing top seed going into this year's World Cup qualifying tournament being held later this month in Uruguay.

After starting all 3 games as winger/fullback helping them qualify for this year's World Cup, they will now face Russia, Canada, Fiji & South Africa over 5 matches to decide who qualifies from Group C alongside fellow qualifiers Ireland Ryan James is a professional rugby player who plays for the Colorado Raptors. 

He has played for the United States national team and was part of their successful campaign at the 2019 World Cup. Ryan James is an imposing figure on the field, with powerful runs and tough tackling.

He started playing rugby when he was just 12 years old and quickly developed into one of America's best players. Ryan James is currently contracted to the Denver-based side, Rocky Mountain Rugby Football Union (RMRFU). 

His ultimate goal is to win a world cup with his country, but he will continue to play his role in helping America reach that level first.

36. Adam Freier

Adam Freier Career

  • 2000–02: ACT & Southern NSW
  • 2003: Randwick DRUFC
  • 2000–02:Brumbies
  • 2003–10: Waratahs
  • 2011–12; Rebels
  • 1998: Australian Schoolboys
  • 2002: Australia

Adam Freier is a sports executive who has played rugby union for several teams over the years. He was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1980 and attended Waverley College.

Adam started playing rugby union at an early age and represented both his school and state sides before making it to the national team in 2001. 

After spending five seasons with Queensland Reds (now The Wallabies), he joined English side Bath Rugby where he spent two seasons before retiring from professional rugby following the 2007/08 season.

In 2009, he took up a position as a Sports Executive with Australian Super League outfit Melbourne Storm and remains there today Adam Freier was born in Sydney and played rugby for Randwick DRUFC before being signed by the Brumbies. 

He made his Super Rugby debut with the Waratahs in 2003, playing 80 games over 9 seasons until he left to join the Rebels in 2011.

In total, Adam has scored 60 points from 70 apps for Randwick DRUFC and 10 points from 25 appease for Australia.

37. Ruan Smith

Ruan Smith Career

  • 2014: Canberra Vikings
  • 2015−2018: Toyota Verblitz
  • 2018–2019: Brisbane City
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2022–: Lions
  • 2010: Western Province
  • 2012: Force
  • 2013–2016: Brumbies
  • 2018–2019: Reds
  • 2020: Rebels
  • 2021: Reds
  • 2022: Waratahs

Ruan Smith is a loosehead prop who has played for the Lions since 2014. He was born in Vryburg, South Africa, and educated at Paarl Gimnasium. Ruan's twin brother, JP, is also a rugby union player.

In 2015 and 2016, he played for Toyota Verblitz in the Japanese Top League before returning to the Lions during the 2018 season. 

Ruan represented his country at the U20 level before making his full international debut against Argentina in October 2018 Ruan Smith is a talented flyhalf who has represented Western Province in Super Rugby.

He was called up to the Springboks squad for their tour of Europe but didn't make an appearance due to injury. 

In 2018 he played his last game for Western Province and signed with the Lions in 2019. Ruan Smith is one of the most promising young flyhalves in South Africa and will be looking to further improve his skills on the international stage with Lions next year.

He is an intelligent player who can read the game well, making him difficult to beat at the flyhalf position. Fans of rugby should keep an eye out on Ruan Smith as he continues to develop as a footballer – he could become a star in years to come.

38. Mika Kruse

Mika Kruse Career

  • 2018–2020: Colorado Raptors
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2021: Utah Warriors
  • 2018: USA Selects
  • 2021: United States

Mika Kruse was born in the United States on June 27, 1998. She first played rugby union at the age of six and quickly became a dominant player. In 2018 she joined Colorado Raptors, where she has been playing ever since.

Mika Kruse is both a center and wing and has scored 40 points in 29 appearances for her club so far this season. Mika Kruse is an incredibly skilled player with great acceleration and agility, making her difficult to defend against.

Mika Kruse was born on 15 May 1996 in Germany. He started playing football when he was five years old and quickly became a standout player for his local club team. 

In 2018, Mika Kruse signed with the United States national team and made an immediate impact, scoring two goals in his debut international match against St Kitts and Nevis.

Mika Kruse is currently contracted to German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, where he has been since 2017.

Final Words

The La Giltinis have had a long and successful career, with many of their players going on to play at the highest level in the world. Some of their most notable stars include Tadhg Furlong, Nathan Whiteley, and Jerry Flannery.

They will always be remembered as one of the best rugby teams in America.

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John Means

John Means is a professional baseball player who has played in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics. He made his major league debut with the Royals in 2009. He was traded to the Athletics in 2012. Baseball is his favorite sport. His passion about the game is evident in his play. Now he write blogs about baseball and other things whenever he has some free time. LinkedIn

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