The LA Giltinis have signed Australia speedster Brooklyn Hardaker to keep their edge as Major League Rugby’s top attacking outfit.
Hardaker, 22, is delighted to sign his first professional contract in Los Angeles after his dynamic potential was spotted in Australia.
Today’s announcement adds a winger to the Giltinis’ roster who was brought up on the famous running rugby philosophy of Australia’s Randwick club.
A deceptive sidestep, fast feet and a neat off-loading game are all part of a package that make him a multi-faceted threat in attack.
It was those skills that swept him into the final selection trial in June, 2021 for Australia’s rugby sevens side for the Tokyo Olympics.
“Everything is wow about being involved with the Giltinis as my first professional contract and in a city like Los Angeles,” Hardaker said.
“I definitely watched a fair few Giltinis’ games on TV in their first season. I like the style of rugby they play and it looks a fun team environment for hard work.
“Already knowing Nathan Den Hoedt and Christian Poidevin from my club in Australia, as well as Lindsey Stevens and Tas Smith, will definitely help me settle in at the Giltinis.”
The 5'10" (1.82m), 198lb (90kg) finisher is at the prime of his career and Giltinis head coach Stephen Hoiles was excited by Hardaker’s skillset adding to the potency of the team’s attack.
“Good finishers know where the tryline is. They can also create opportunities for others which is what you look for in a winger,” Hoiles said.
“Brooklyn certainly has those traits and he’s come through a system where backing yourself in attack is very much encouraged at my old club at Randwick.
“He’s got zippyness, he’s a bit unorthodox and he competes hard for everything, high balls, on kick chase and so on.”
The Giltinis kick-off their Championship defence against the Houston Sabercats in Houston on February 5. Opening Day at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is set for Sunday, February 27 against the New England Free Jacks.