NOLA Gold re-signed Lachlan Kratz through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old center (22 in March) is 6’0” and 210 lbs.
Lockie played 273 minutes in 6 matches, starting 4, during the 2021 MLR season.
Lachlan was born in San Diego, California, but grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, giving him dual citizenship. He began playing rugby at age 5 along with his brother Gavin (age 7) for the Castaway Wanderers. He represented the Castaway Wanderers, as well as British Columbia age-grade sides since 2013.
Lachlan played in the 2013 Rugby Canada National Championship Festival in Vancouver with the U14s, while attending Monterey Middle School. In 2015 he played in the Victoria Rugby All-Star competition for the Junior High School All-Stars at flyhalf when he was in 9th grade at Oak Bay High School, as well as for the Castaway Wanderers U16s.
In 2017 he toured Ireland with Rugby Canada’s U19s, as well as in the Youth Commonwealth Games in Nassau, Bahamas.
In 2018 he helped Canada U18s win the Americas Rugby North Qualifier in Las Vegas which sent the team to the Youth Olympics in Argentina that October. Before that, he played for Canada’s U20s at the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Bucharest, Romania. He also helped his high school rugby team, the Oak Bay Barbarians, become the first public school since 2008 to win the top-tier BC Quad A Boys Rugby Provincial Championship over Shawnigan Lake.
In 2019 he went to the Junior World Trophy tournament in Portugal while in 12th grade. He then attended the University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. He played rugby for the Vikes and was awarded the Bates Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award, which selection was based on work ethic, commitment, and performance for a Vikes Varsity Team player.
In 2020 Lachlan played for Canada U20s in a two-match series against Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal.
Lachlan’s talent is evident as he has been a starter for Canada’s age-grade program. He now has two test caps for Canada.
His brother Gavin, would also go on to represent Canda in the U20s as a prop and lock.