The LA Giltinis have signed a dynamic young flanker who bears one of the most famous names in Australian rugby.
Christian Poidevin, 22, has been added to the quality backrow stocks of Major League Rugby’s new club in Los Angeles on a one-year deal.
The high-energy forward is a flanker like his father Simon Poidevin, the 59-Test Wallaby legend at the forefront of Australia’s 1991 Rugby World Cup triumph.
Young Poidevin is carving his own niche in the game with two eye-catching seasons with the famous Randwick Rugby Club in Sydney and a taste of Australia’s National Rugby Championship (2018-19).
Today’s announcement highlights that MLR can be an exciting first step into professional rugby for talented players from around the world.
“What has really dragged me to this is the amazing opportunity of the LA experience to play in an awesome program with top coaches like Darren Coleman and Stephen Hoiles,” Poidevin said.
“There’s so much knowledge in the coaches and playing group to improve my rugby.
“Training full-time for the first time means I can get my body to the next level with (Head of Performance) Mick Stephen, whose done strength-and-conditioning at my club Randwick and the NSW Waratahs Academy.
“Out of all the destinations I could choose in MLR, Los Angeles would be top of my list.
“There’s a winning culture for sports teams in LA and we want to add our own stamp to that in rugby with a new club.”
Poidevin is a mobile 6’1’ (1.85m), 216lb (98kg) flanker with well-rounded skills and loves playing the attacking style that the Giltinis plan to thrill new rugby fans with.
The chance with the Giltinis comes at an ideal time with Poidevin completing a civil engineering degree at the University of NSW in Sydney.
His father gave a strong thumbs-up to develop his rugby with the Giltinis where young Poidevin has an instant connection with lock recruit Nathan Den Hoedt, his 2020 Randwick captain.
“As a rugby player, Dad’s work ethic was second to none and he had a big attitude which meant always putting in for the bloke beside you,” Poidevin said.
“If he had to do something, he’d do it 100 per cent, not half-arse it, and that is something I want people to see in the way I play.
“There is already a good culture building at the Giltinis amongst players from around the world and that’s just through our online group chats.”
Hoiles has followed Poidevin’s rise from his standout year with Randwick’s 2018 Colts team.
“Christian is coming off an outstanding club season with Randwick and joining a professional program will further bring out his strong features…carrying really well through contact and good on-ball work,” Hoiles said.
“He’s grown up with the surname of a famous father but Christian is becoming a serious player in his own right.”
The Giltinis will kick off their MLR campaign on the weekend of March 20, 2021, with tickets being available by the end of this year.
For more info on the MLR season and how to support the LA Giltinis, head to www.giltinis.com