Development

2022 Giltinis Development - Rising Stars

Kahanu Koi, Santa Monica, A product of the Rhinos academy from the age of 14, Kahanu was spotted during his performances within the USA residency program in 2021 and brought in as our youngest full time development player at 18 years old. Kahanu has previously played at 10 but is also developing his game in the back 3 and as a 7s player.

Zach Bonte, Belmont Shore, A UCLA Graduate who has played for a variety of clubs in California, most notably Santa Monica, LIfe West, Rhinos Academy and Belmont Shore. Zach has previously had a stint with the USA 7s and has shown his most potential in the backrow after a pre-season trial with us.

Sam Peri, Santa Monica, a Californian native who has exposure to MLR and academies in the early years at a young age, Same is developing to earn a contract in MLR as a matured lock who is a standout player for his club Santa Monica.

Aisea Tongilava, Belmont Shore, from Orange County, he grew up around rugby before playing football at Cal Berkeley for 5 years, he briefly returned to rugby in his final year after football. He talent ID combines and was a standout athlete that is now developing as a center/winger.

Ben Weischedel, Belmont Shore, California native and standout backrow for Belmont Shore, Ben is in his second year with the development team.

Fred Upulu, Santa Monica, Fred hails from Samoa where he represented their u20 side as a flyhalf. He moved to Hawaii where he has transitioned into the forwards with Marist Rugby Club, through our scouting efforts and his performances at the USA Residency program he was ID'd by our staff as a high potential athlete. He trained with our Senior team on trial during pre-season and highly impressed to earn a full time spot.

2022 Matches

Rising Stars 42 v Belmont Shore 18

Rising Stars 21 v St Marys College 41

Rising Stars 66 v Trinity College 27

Rising Stars 24 v American Raptors 12

Rising Stars __ v SD Legion Academy __

Upcoming Games

American Raptors v Rising Stars in Colorado.

Rising Stars v Hartford Harpooners TBC