Austin Gilgronis Added Faka’osi Pifeleti

Austin Gilgronis added Faka’osi Pifeleti for the 2022 Major league Rugby season. The 25-year-old loosehead prop is 6’0″ and 265 lbs.

Faka’osi played 579 minutes in 13 matches, starting 9, and scored one try for San Diego Legion in 2021.

Faka’osi started the first two matches of the truncated MLR season and returned after a minor injury as a replacement in the fifth match of the season. He played 127 minutes.

During the 2019 season, he played 746 minutes in 18 matches, starting 13, and scoring three tries. He carried the ball 72 times for 314 meters, had 1 linebreak, 2 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, and made 104 tackles. In 2018 he played 204 minutes in five matches, starting twice.

Faka’osi was born in California and is of Tongan heritage. His family moved to England where he attended Oaklands College Hertfordshire. He played club rugby with Burnham and with Luton Rugby Clubs. Before signing a contract with the Legion, he played with the Saracens Storm with his younger brother Kapeli.

Both brothers excelled for the Legion in 2019 and Kapeli, a hooker, returned to the Saracens.

Faka’osi represented the United States against the New Zealand All Blacks on October 23, 2021, at FedEx Field, making his international debut as a replacement in the second half.

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