Orene Ai’i, Skills & 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.
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.
“Having been in the US and California for a long time, I have a passion for the game at all levels, from the pros to club (amateur), as well as the junior and youth programs,” Ai’i said.
|Position||Skills and Academy Coach|
|Professional Clubs||Blues, Hurricanes, Auckland, Northland (New Zealand), Toulon (France), Toyota Verblitz (Japan), San Francisco Rush|
|International Teams||Samoa Sevens, New Zealand Sevens|