Major League Rugby launch new franchise with baffling name - Ruck

Major League Rugby launch new franchise with baffling name

Major League Rugby (MLR) announced today that Los Angeles has officially been awarded a franchise for the 2021 MLR season. The new team is called the LA Giltinis, named after a premium cocktail based on the Martini.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Los Angeles to MLR. LA is an important addition to the League as a major media market and the region has a lengthy rugby history embedded in their culture,” said Commissioner George Killebrew.

Ownership of the LA Giltinis will primarily reside with Loyals Rugby, a Rugby investment company founded in Australia. The LA Giltinis will be based in Venice Beach, are in discussions with Los Angeles Coliseum to be their home stadium, working with UCLA to develop their High-Performance facility and will extend significant investment to youth Rugby in the region.

Shute Shield winning and highly regarded Australian coach, Darren Coleman has been appointed Head Coach. Former Wallaby and Australian Sevens Coach, Stephan Hoiles has been appointed Assistant Coach.

There will be a non-alcoholic version of the Giltini available for those underage.

The reaction to the name online has gone down pretty badly…


4 Rugby-Themed Cocktails to Drink on Game Day

Rugby-Themed Cocktails to Drink on Game Day.

1. Muddy Bloody Maul

Muddy, Bloody Maul
  • 50ml Creme de Cocao
  • 100ml Jameson Whiskey
  • 25ml grenadine

1. Shake chocolate liquor and Jameson with ice.
2. Strain into any narrow and long glass, such as a large shot glass, sour glass, or flute.
3.Pour grenadine down the back of a spoon so that it pools in the bottom on the drink.
4. Admire the beauty, then stir to combine.

The drink should look like there is a pool of blood under the mud.

2. Springbok Shot

1. In a shot glass pour green crème de menthe.

2. Layer Amarula on top of the green crème de menthe (Use Baileys if you can not find amarula liqueur.)

3. The TMO (Tequila, Malibu, Orange Juice)

  • 50ml orange juice
  • 25 ml malibu
  • 25ml gold tequila
  • 25ml Margherita mix
  • 25ml ounce peach schnapps
  • 50ml unsweetened pineapple juice

Combine and pour over crushed ice in a margarita glass.

4. Sexton the beach


  • 45mL Vodka
  • 15mL {Peach Liqueur|]
  • 60mL Orange Juice
  • 60mL Cranberry Juice


  1. Fill a hi-ball with ice
  2. Add all the ingredients in the order listed above
  3. Garnish with half an orange slice and a maraschino cherry