Orene Ai’i

Skills and Academy Coach

Orene Ai’i has a strong and instant connection to rugby in Los Angeles on top of his own impressive resume as a player with teams in New Zealand.

Orene Ai’i has a strong and instant connection to rugby in Los Angeles on top of his own impressive resume as a player with teams in New Zealand.

The Samoan-born Ai’i was a skillful cog in the Blues’ Super Rugby championship in 2003 and a masterful playmaker and attacker in NZ sevens sides. He was named the International Rugby Board’s World Sevens Player of the Year after the 2004-05 season.

He has immersed himself in Californian rugby in recent years, as a professional player with the San Francisco Rush in the single season of PRO Rugby (2016), as a club player and as a coach.

His shrewd eye for talent helped identify some of the local Californian talent for the Giltinis roster.

He will help develop skills across the squad and play a vital role in coaching rookies and rising young players in the Giltinis’ Academy.