Wallabies legend Matt Giteau is expected to head to Major League Rugby in the USA for the 2021 season, further swelling the ranks of legendary Australian players and coaches in the growing competition.
Centurions Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper will reportedly sign for incoming side LA Giltinis ahead of next season, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
They are joined in the competition by fellow Wallabies veteran Drew Mitchell, who represents Rugby United New York.
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The 2020 season – where Ashley-Cooper had been expected to play for Austin Gilgronis – was cancelled earlier this year after just five rounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Warringah coaches Sam Harris and Mark Gerrard have been announced as Austin’s coaches, while fellow Australians Darren Coleman and Stephen Hoiles are in charge of LA. Both clubs are owned by Australian rugby investment group Loyals Rugby, headed by Adam Gilchrist of the F45 workout chain (not, for the record, the legendary cricketer).
The Australian connection is set to pay off, with 103-Test-warrior Giteau apparently ready to extend his well-travelled career to take on the United States. Giteau spent the last three seasons in Japan with Suntory, but the 37-year-old had said that 2020 would be his last season.
The names of the Australia-owned franchises – Giltinis and Gilgronis – are derived from cocktails trademarked by Gilchrist’s group last year. The group’s other trademarks include “Gil Tai”, “Gilacolada”, “Giljito”, “Gilgarita” and “Gilmopolitan”. None of the drinks have yet been released.