Giltinis Sign Dual-Code Australian Star Will Chambers

8 months ago

The Championship-winning LA Giltinis are excited to announce the signing of dual-code Australian star Will Chambers for the 2022-23 seasons.

Chambers (above), 33, is a powerful centre-winger who has been playing elite level rugby league and rugby union since 2007.

“I’m pumped to get over to California with my family for another chapter in my life. I like to be around successful organisations...it makes the hard work more enjoyable,” Chambers said.

Will Chambers 2

His signing is a coup for the Giltinis because it brings on board a direct, strong-running figure as the likely replacement for recently-retired Giltinis ace Adam Ashley-Cooper. The 6’3” (1.90m), 220lb (100kg) Chambers most recently played in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) competition in 2021 with Sydney’s Cronulla Sharks.

He won multiple championships with the Melbourne Storm (2012 and 2017), played 13 times for Queensland and represented Australia seven times during his highly-decorated rugby league career.

The Giltinis have shrewdly seized on his versatility because he has also played rugby for three top clubs. His 2010-11 stint with the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby was followed by short-term stints with leading Irish province Munster (2011-12) and Japanese powerhouse Suntory (2019-2021).

Reds Chambers

Chambers was considering retirement until a recent phone call prompted by Giltinis match-winner Matt Giteau, a former teammate at Suntory.

Giltinis head coach Stephen Hoiles and Giteau both spoke with Chambers, who needed little convincing that Los Angeles offered a wonderful opportunity.

“When ‘Gits’ and I were at Suntory and he told me he was thinking about going to the US to play, I said to him ‘get me over there’,” Chambers said.

Gits and Chambers in Suntory

“When I got a phone call from Stephen Hoiles a few weeks ago he asked if I was still interested - It was a pretty easy process from there. I took quite a bit of notice of the Giltinis last season because Gits and Adam were involved.

"They won an impressive number of games and it’s super-special to win a Championship in the first season.

"You want to build that into the DNA of a club so they are successful for a long period. LA will be exciting for my family and as a chance to play rugby again.”

Chambers has a successful track record and the lure of playing and living in LA was a magnet as he mapped out a new adventure for his young family.

“Will has an impressive record of performing for top clubs over a long career. He’s a proven winner,” Giltinis General Manager Adam Freier said.

“He has always backed himself to perform in rugby league and rugby union and he brings authority in attack and defence to each team he plays for.

“We’re excited that he wants to join a Championship-winning team and continue that success into 2022.”

The Giltinis kick-off their Championship defence against the Houston Sabercats in Houston on February 5 with Opening Day at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is set for Sunday, February 27 against the New England Free Jacks.

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