USA Eagles halfback Nick Boyer returns home to LA
Boyer, 27, is a product of the University of California, Berkeley and brings to the Giltinis all his invaluable experience from playing in the three previous seasons of MLR.
He has built a physical, ground-gaining reputation as a halfback of bigger-than-average size, 220lb (100kg) and 6 foot 3 inches (1.90m), with his previous clubs, San Diego Legion (2018-19) and Colorado Raptors (2020).
Being able to play in front of my home state in front of my family and friends is a big motivation for me at the LA Giltinis.” Boyer said.
“The quality of players and coaches being assembled tells me this is going to be a place to excel with my rugby and work towards a MLR championship for Los Angeles.
“Such a high-performance environment with experienced rugby heads around is really going to improve our American players and elevate the game in the United States.”
Originally from Sacramento, Boyer made his debut for the Eagles in the final minutes of the 2018 Test against Romania in Bucharest and is driven to earn another taste.
Working with a speed coach in San Diego has paid dividends to get one bonus from the COVID-19 pause on rugby in the USA.
“I think the improvements being driven by MLR will really have an impact on the Eagles and the push to break into the top 10 tier of rugby nations in the years to come,” Boyer said.
“How American professional rugby works, including the travel, is vastly different to how it runs in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Europe so I look forward to passing on some know-how and the nuances to my new team.
“LA is a very sporty city already but rugby is a non-traditional sport which I really believe will attract and excite a different fan base.”
A solid outing at the recent World Tens in Bermuda in October-November sees the young half primed for a breakout season in the MLR.
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“Nick is a well-travelled and experienced halfback in a big frame,” Giltinis head coach Darren Coleman said.
“He’s played for the Eagles in sevens, was in the San Diego team which made the MLR final (2019) and been in and around the national XVs set-up with the USA.
“He’s a strong player for us and one of our goals is to add subtleties so he can take his game to the next level.”
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