RUCK AND ROLL: THE FIRST “TINI” GILTINI FOR LUKE WHITE

7 months ago

Congratulations are due lock Luke White, the proud father of the first “Tini” Giltini.

White flew to Columbus, Ohio to be with wife Allison for the birth of tiny Lena Jane White on April 19.

Just the day before, Allison completed her last bit of class work for her PhD through the University of Massachusetts.

The proud parents have been making a long-distance relationship work during this busy stretch of study, rugby and pregnancy.

“We’re very proud. Lena will keep me balanced that’s for sure,” White said.

“It’s a totally new experience having to look after something far more precious than a rugby ball.”

PS: White kept quiet about the hamstring tweak that is keeping him out of Saturday’s game against the San Diego Legion at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Doesn’t quite compare to childbirth.

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LAKERS’ LUCK FOR GITEAU

Australian sports stars stick together. While Giltinis ace Matt Giteau was deciding on which Los Angeles Lakers’ game he’d go to, the Utah Jazz came to town.

The former Wallabies star has formed a friendship with hot-handed Jazz forward Joe Ingles over several years.

Ingles organised tickets for Giteau, wife Bianca and their three kids for last Monday’s NBA game at the Staples Center.

Ingles (21 points) popped in five three-pointers in a big 111-97 win over the Lakers.

“I’ve known Joe for a while as a fellow Aussie sportsman. He loves rugby and I’m a massive fan of basketball,” Giteau said.

“I think we first linked up through Twitter and we’ve stayed in touch. He hooked up the tickets and it was an awesome night for the family.

“LA is the sporting capital of the world, right? I’ve done the Dodgers and Lakers now so I’ve got to get to see the Kings in the ice hockey now.

“Rugby is why I’m in LA but it’s good to do things away from the game to stay fresh and enjoy my new city.”

Giteau may have played 103 Tests and excelled at three Rugby World Cups but it doesn’t cut it anymore with sons Levi and Kai.

The pair, and baby sister Winter, got on the Jumbotron with their Dance Cam moves at the Lakers’ game: “Now we are famous dad.” Kids!

STAT ATTACK

(vs Houston SaberCats)

Ball carries: DTH van der Merwe 15, Mahe Vailanu 13, Glenn Bryce 12

Running Metres: DTH van der Merwe 134, Glenn Bryce 110, Angus Cottrell 67

Tackles: Charlie Abel 11, Christian Poidevin 11, Angus Cottrell 10

Tackle Busts: DTH van der Merwe 5, Glenn Bryce 4

Line Breaks: DTH van der Merwe 2, Harrison Goddard 2

Ruck/Maul arrivals: Christian Poidevin 29, Nathan Den Hoedt 18

Goalkicking: Luke Carty 40% (2-from-5), Luke Burton 100% (2-from-2)

Top Try-scorers (season): Harrison Goddard 6, Angus Cottrell 5

DID YOU KNOW?

Powerful Giltinis prop Charlie Abel is one of three brothers making a mark in rugby.


Older brother Robbie (above) has played for the ACT Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels and NSW Waratahs in Super Rugby as well as the Maori All Blacks. Younger brother Jacob is a sharp club halfback in Australia.

MEDICAL ROOM

Billy Meakes – Centre (fractured cheekbone)

Harry McNulty – Flanker (broken hand)

Pago Haini – Backrower (quadricep)

Luke White – Lock (hamstring)

Marco Fepulea’i – Prop (knee)

Jeff Peleseuma – Five-eighth (foot)

Sione Tuihalamaka – Prop (tricep)

Tickets available

The Giltinis are at home to play the San Diego Legion on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from 6pm (PT). Fans are being welcomed back so buy your tickets at www.giltinis.com/tickets

The match will be broadcast live on Bally Sports SoCal in Los Angeles and can also be viewed live on The Rugby Network internationally.

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