Ruck and Roll: Carty Grounded in Pre-Season Blow

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A pectoral muscle injury has grounded USA Eagle Luke Carty and will likely sideline the LA Giltinis flyhalf for four months.

The news is a huge disappointment for Carty, the club and fans after the huge strides he took in 2021 for the Giltinis and the national team.

The injury happened innocently enough when his arm was strained awkwardly during a recent beach rugby session during the Giltinis’ pre-season.

Scans revealed the worst and the Irish-born Carty, 24, will be forced to miss the majority of the Major League Rugby season.

His slick passing, superb boot and confidence were integral elements to 2021’s run to the Championship when he learnt his trade beside top flyhalf Matt Giteau.

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GITEAU GREETING OLD NEWS AS HE PREPS FOR BIG 2022

Matt Giteau (above) is excited about showing what a 39-year-old play-caller can still do in Major League Rugby after a quick reminder of the perceptions he has to change.

When the Wallabies great attended his first Giltinis’ team function on arriving back in Los Angeles recently, he was one of the early arrivals.

“One of the beer company guys was setting up the function and innocently started the conversation, ‘so you’re part of the staff?’,” Giteau said with a laugh.

Giteau may have a little salt-and-pepper in his hair these days but he has committed to a second campaign in LA because he loves the rugby and the challenge.

“I definitely feel mentally fresh for 2022. The crowd support for the 2021 Championship game was fantastic and one extra element I’m keen for this year is the work the Giltinis will do in the local rugby community in LA,” Giteau said.

The classy flyhalf was a clear man-of-the-match in 2021’s Championship triumph and is driven by pushing for more success.

Just like his sons Levi and Kai have their own reasons for loving another bite at LA...the Manhattan Beach Creamery.

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NEW-LOOK HOUSTON SABERCATS LIE IN WAIT

LA v Houston

The Giltinis’ opening match of the MLR season on Saturday will be against a Houston SaberCats side which has undergone a major off-season shake-up.

In just two of many line-up changes, the SaberCats have signed veteran South African Willie Britz and US Sevens star Danny Barrett to rebuild their backrow.

Britz, 33, is a veteran of the Lions, Cheetahs and Japan’s Sunwolves in Super Rugby.

Tune in at Bally Sports West or www.therugbynetwork.com to catch all of Saturday’s exciting action from 5pm (PST) in the Giltinis’ opening game.

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