LA Giltinis has former Wallaby David Dennis returning for the second year of his contract for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 35-year-old lock/blindside flanker/No.8 (36 in January) is 6’4″ and 250 lbs. He also serves as a youth development coach with the team.
Dave played 1179 minutes in 17 starts and scored one try for the Giltinis in winning the MLR Shield in 2021.
Dave was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He attended Richmond High School in Sydney and in 2004 played for the Australian Schoolboys.
Dave played for the Super Rugby Waratahs between 2007-2016, making 107 appearances and scoring 10 tries. He captained the team in 2013 and the team won the Super Rugby Championship in 2014. In 2015 he made 2 appearances for the Sydney Stars and also played for the Penrith Emus. In 2016 he signed with the English Premiership Exeter Chiefs and went on to earn 59 caps, starting 47 times, through the 2020 season. During his final season with the Chiefs, the team won the English Premiership, as well as the European Rugby Champions Cup.
He also earned 18 caps for the Wallabies between 2012-2013, starting 8 times. His debut came against Scotland on June 5, 2012, and his last test was against Wales on November 30, 2013.
Dave is also the brother-in-law of Austin Gilgronis Assistant Coach Mark Gerrard.
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Dennis, 35, is committed to the second season of his two-year deal after winning plaudits across the league for his expertise as a lock and leader in the 2021 campaign.
The 18-Test Wallaby has now won Championships in three countries with the NSW Waratahs (Australia), Exeter Chiefs (England), and the Giltinis (USA).
“Dave played big minutes for us in 2021 and always led from the front. He had a tremendous season, not just as a lock but with the way he guided the first-year club,” Hoiles said.
“The job is not yet done for him. He wants to set up the club for 10 years, not just one or two.