LA Giltinis has Bill Meakes returning for the 2022 Major League Rugby season, the second year of his two-year contract. The 30-year-old center (31 in February) is 6’2″ and 210 lbs.
Bill played 865 minutes in 12 starts, scoring 2 tries, and even filling in a flanker for one match for the Giltinis in 2021. He also returned to the Aussie 7s for the first two legs of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai in December 2021.
Bill was born in Manly, New South Wales, Australia, and attended St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill from 2003-2008. In his final year, he represented NSW in the Australian School Rugby Championship.
After graduation, he played club rugby with Northern Suburbs from 2009-2012 and with Randwick in 2013. In 2011 he represented the Australia U20s in the IRB Junior World Cup Championship, finishing in third place. During the 2011-2012 IRB Sevens World Series, he also played for the Australian Sevens Team. From 2011-2012 he attended the University of New South Wales, earning a Diploma in Business.
In 2013, Bill moved to England and played with Clifton Rugby Club in Bristol through 2014. This led to his signing an Academy contract with Gloucester and an English Premiership one in 2015-2016.
In 2016-2017 Bill played with the Perth Spirit and in 2017 with the Super Rugby Western Force. In 2018 he played in the National Rugby Championship with Melbourne Rising and from 2018-2020 with the Super Rugby Melbourne Rebels. Recently in October 2020, he signed a short-term contract with the London Irish as injury cover, but in January will travel to Los Angeles to join the Giltinis for the 2021 MLR season.
LA Giltinis 2021 Comments
The LA Giltinis have powered up their backline with the signing of seasoned Australian centre Billy Meakes on a two-year deal.