The LA Giltinis has Luke Carty returning for the second year of his two-year contract in the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old flyhalf/inside center is 6’0″ and 200 lbs.
Luke played 557 minutes in 15 matches, starting 6, and scored 19 points through 8 conversions and one penalty goal.
Luke made his USA National Team debut against England at Twickenham on July 4, 2021, and the last of his 6 tests came against the New Zealand All Blacks on October 9, 2021.
Luke is from Athlone, Roscommon, Ireland, and is qualified to play for the U.S. through his grandmother, who was born in New York.
Luke was a multi-sport athlete playing soccer, garlic football, and rugby. He graduated from Marist College Athlone in 2016 after entering in 2010. At Marist, he helped the rugby team win the Connacht Senior Cup in 2012 and 2013 and then to semi-final finishes in other years. He played club rugby with the Buccaneers Rugby Football Club and with Connacht Academy. In 2015, he was named Connacht U18 Club Player of the Year and also played with the U19s in the Interpros.
Luke played for Ireland U18s and was an injury replacement for the U20s at the World Rugby Championship in Georgia in 2017.
Luke also has gained at least 18 caps for Connacht A. He started for the Connacht Eagles in 2019 in the Cara Cup in their 38-7 win over the New England Free Jacks and as a reserve in the 44-21 win over Ulster A.
Luke signed in 2020 to play rugby with the eventual Shute Shield Champions Gordon, however COVID-19 travel restrictions precluded his participation.
After graduating from Marist College, Athlone, Luke attended NUI Galway J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics from 2016-2018, earning a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. He’s attended UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School from 2020-2021 for a Master’s Degree In International Business.
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“I mean, it was an unbelievable 2021 season with the way a new club came together, the great atmosphere, and the results,” Carty said.
“Personally, it was great to learn off some of the older heads like Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper who’ve been around the block.
“We’ve talked already in the pre-season about having to improve in 2022 so we’ve parked last season already. There is a lot to look forward to and the Giltinis are definitely where I want to be.”
Carty’s impressive form as Giteau’s understudy at flyhalf catapulted him to Eagles’ selection and six Tests by the end of 2021.
“To have an Eagles No.10 is rare. Luke (Carty) has an exceptional kicking game and a really good attitude around learning his position,” Hoiles said.
“We noticed the change in him when he came back from Eagles duty so his career is on the up.