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Kevin Battle joins LA Giltinis Rugby Department

January 5, 2021 - Major League Rugby (MLR) - LA Giltinis News Release

Highly regarded Rugby Coach and Operation Manager Kevin Battle has joined the LA Giltinis as a key figure who will smooth the club's entry to Major League Rugby.

Today's announcement is a huge plus for the go-ahead club because Battle brings on board the vast experience of two decades across just about every level of American rugby.

Battle, 46, will take the role of Giltinis Rugby Operations manager which will include the Team Manager duties he filled for the USA Eagles at the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups.

Battle is another powerful investment in Californian rugby talent and intellect.

He has been running the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy since 2009 and is eager to join the progressive MLR ranks after being assistant coach of the Sacramento Express in the single season of PRO Rugby in 2016.

His myriad coaching, managerial and administrative posts have included, since 2012, the role of Commissioner at USA Rugby, College D1-A.

"One of the most exciting pieces is getting to establish our own culture and policies as a club from a clean slate," Battle said.

"To have a new professional rugby franchise in my own backyard is something I really wanted to be a part of because Los Angeles has so much to offer.

"The Giltinis can take southern Californian rugby to the next level because I know there is so much depth in the youth ranks around Los Angeles.

"Those players will have something to aspire to and this club will do everything it can for rugby growth and development in the local community in both genders."

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