Major League Rugby is in crisis after its champion club, Australia-based LA Giltinis, was expelled from the competition for an unpublished “league rule violation”.
The MLR tweeted Bombshell News on Wednesday, which also disqualified Austin Gilgronis last week.
Both star-studded, expansion clubs are named Cocktails and are owned by Australian entrepreneur Adam Gilchrist (not a cricketer).
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The Giltinis, now coaches Darren Coleman, the current boss of Wartas, won the competition in their debut season last year.
Wallaby also played prominent roles in the legendary Matt Gitau Club star playmaker and fellow former Test star Stephen Wheels (coach), Adam Ashley-Cooper (assistant coach) and Adam Frere (general manager).
The Guardian reported that the pay cap was ineligible for the breach, but Wallabis Great Drew Mitchell – a close friend of Gitau and Ashley-Cooper – painted a different picture on Twitter.
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Gilgronis and Giltinis finished first and second, respectively, to advance to the playoffs at the MLR’s Western Conference.
The MLR says the Houston Subcats will now host the Western Conference Final and play the winner of the Seattle Seoul vs. San Diego Legion Eliminator.
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The Giltinis have Australian players Dave Dennis, Will Chambers, Billy Mix, Angus Cottrell and Harrison Goddard in their books, while Sam Harris-coach Gilgronis’s team includes Lucky McCaffrey, Mac Mason and Ryan Lawrence.
The Giltins have not yet commented on their expulsion.
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