Ruck and Roll: Pet Pooch Flies in from 7500 Miles Away
Centre Billy Meakes (above) is so committed to his time in Los Angeles with the Giltinis he decided to re-unite the “family” by flying his pet pooch 7500 miles from Sydney.
True story. Three-year-old blue staffie Leia now has a Venice Beach address after recently joining Meakes and girlfriend Michelle Battersby.
“I’m committed to LA for two seasons and thought it was far better to have my dog with us than apart for another long stretch,” Meakes said.
“She handled the long international flight from Australia without a problem.”
Next thing, Meakes has some explaining to do about the name.
Yes. Yes. His dog is named after Princess Leia because he’s also a devoted Star Wars fan from his childhood Lego days to the baby Yoda T-shirt you’ll see him wearing.
Meakes relished his comeback, after five weeks out with injury, when producing six strong runs for 59m and two try-saving tackles against the Utah Warriors last weekend.
SOFI STADIUM A STANDOUT
Flanker Harry McNulty was astonished by Sofi Stadium and rugby’s historic first match at the state-of-the-art venue for the win over the Warriors.
“We all just had a blast because the occasion was pretty spectacular,” McNulty said after the 38-27 victory.
He did confess that it was hard not to take a peek at the giant video screens suspended above the field that form the “Oculus.”
“I found myself looking at the screens a couple of times which I suppose is my background in sevens coming out,” McNulty said.
“Most of all, I think there have been great moves by the club to grow the game in LA...I mean playing games at the Coliseum and Sofi Stadium is special.”
McNulty’s workrate, after coming back from a broken hand, was top class.
(vs Utah Warriors)
Ball carries: Mahe Vailanu 12, Angus Cottrell 11, Corey Thomas 10, Harry McNulty 10
Running Metres: John Ryberg 83, Billy Meakes 59, Angus Cottrell 55
Tackles: Harry McNulty 24, Corey Thomas 12, Adam Ashley-Cooper 10
Tackle Busts: Billy Meakes 7, John Ryberg 6
Line Breaks: John Ryberg 2
Ruck/Maul arrivals: Charlie Abel 21, Harry McNulty 20, Mahe Vailanu 19
Goalkicking: Matt Giteau 100 % (5-from-5)
Top Try-scorers (season): Angus Cottrell 9, DTH van de Merwe 8, Harrison Goddard 8
Courtesy: Stats Perform
DID YOU KNOW
Strong-running backrower Pago Haini is named after his birth city of Pago Pago in American Samoa.
The full christian name bestowed on him by his church minister parents is “Pagopagohokma.”
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Luke White – Lock (hamstring)
Seru Vularika – Centre (hamstring)
Marco Fepulea’i – Prop (knee)
Jeff Peleseuma – Five-eighth (foot)
Sione Tuihalamaka – Prop (tricep)
The return of influential fullback Glenn Bryce (pictured above) is a huge
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