Canadian Hooker Prospect Lindsey Stevens Signs with LA Giltinis

1 year ago

The LA Giltinis have signed hooker Lindsey Stevens in another positive step that will only enhance the strength of Canadian and American rugby.

Stevens, 25, speaks with the broad Australian accent of his country of birth, was raised for several years in Texas, hopes to represent Canada and is eager to ignite his dreams in Los Angeles.

He is an international package for the international roster of stars and coaches being assembled by the new Major League Rugby club for the eager rugby community of Los Angeles.

Stevens learnt his craft as a hooker for the famous Eastern Suburbs club in Sydney, Australia before developing his hunger for MLR with Houston Sabercats (2018) and NOLA Gold (2020).

“As soon as I heard a team was being formed in Los Angeles, I thought ‘I’ve got to jump at that’,” Stevens said.

“LA’s reputation for sports teams, and winning franchises, is unbelievable and the same goes for the way the fans follow their successes.

“The calibre of coaches and players here is going to be something else and learning from veteran internationals is going to be a big thing to advance my own game.”

Stevens lived the ranch life in Texas between eight and 10-years-old before his high school years and beyond in Australia.

His ambitions to play for Canada are driven by the strong connection to his late grandfather Latham Burns, a giant of Canada’s securities industry before his death at 84 in 2015.

“I spent some time with my ‘Pop’ and it made me feel like I wanted to represent him and Canada and I was fortunate to have been involved in last year’s Canadian rugby camp,” Stevens revealed.


“Getting Canadian and American qualified players into a full-time professional environment like MLR is huge as a great avenue to go on to Test representation.

“Coming from Australia, I’ve also got to say that being at a club by the beach in LA just makes me want to get there as soon as possible.”

Stevens plays at around 209lb (95kg) and feels he can add insight into the flying schedules and preparation needed for MLR when his new teammates arrive.

“Lindsey is physical, tough, mobile around the park and has worked hard on his set piece skills at scrum and lineout,” Giltinis assistant coach Stephen Hoiles said.

“Through heritage, he has eligibility for Canada or the USA and part of what the Giltinis want to build is that strong pathway to the next level for our players.”



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