The LA Giltinis added Cyrille Cama on a short-term contract with injuries and the Olympics impacting their squad. The 20-year-old back-row is 5’11” and 225 lbs.
Cyrille is from Natokalau, Kubulau, Fiji. He played rugby at St Agnes Primary School in Nabua before his parents, three siblings, and he migrated to the United States in 2013.
Cyrille was the captain of the St John Bosco Rugby team for two years and also played football as a linebacker. He also played for the USA U20s, as well as for the Rhinos Rugby Academy Sacramento.
With the latter, he progressed through the Academy program to the High-Performance Program and was selected for the Rhinos Tens professional team which played at the World Tens Series in Bermuda in 2020.
Cyrille joins the LA Giltinis after playing for the Giltinis Academy team.
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“At the Academy, I’m around rugby all the time. It’s helped me develop my skills and fitness,” said Cama, who acts as an assistant coach for rugby and strength & conditioning.
“I’ve trained with the Giltinis a few times this week. It’s a learning environment at a very fast, physical pace, and (backrower) Pago Haini has been very helpful.”
Giltinis head coach Darren Coleman is delighted that the club’s foundation’s aim to develop local players is paying off. “We’re seeing the exact potential of our program to bring on local Californian players,” Coleman said. “Cyrille has good skills, he’s tough and plays well on the ball. He’s a young kid we have our eyes on.”
Rhinos Rugby Academy Chief Executive Andreea Trufasu expressed her delight that Cama has been recognized. “Our coaches, staff, players, and student-athletes are proud of Cyrille, a Los Angeles native, earning this opportunity with the Giltinis,” Trufasu said. “We and his family are very proud of his journey of finding his pathway in rugby, college, and life and his values as a person. He is also respected as a youth rugby coach and mentor to others.”
“Thank you to the LA Giltinis for giving Cyrille a first chance, and investing in Los Angeles talent.” to develop local players is paying off.
“Cyrille has good skills, he’s tough and plays well on the ball. He’s a young kid we have our eyes on.