LOS ANGELES — Canadian international prop Djustice Sears-Duru has joined the Major League Rugby champion Los Angeles Giltinis.
The 27-year-old Sears-Duru spent the last three seasons with the Seattle Seawolves, winning the MLR championship in 2019. He joins fellow Canadians DTH van der Merwe, Ben LeSage and Corey Thomas at the Giltinis.
The six-foot-one 258-pound loosehead prop, who has won 60 caps for Canada, will help fill the void left by the departure of J.P. Smith and Blake Rogers.
“Djustice is exactly the style of player we want. He has experience, he’s won a MLR title with Seattle and he’s performed in different environments around the world,” Giltinis coach Stephen Hoiles said in a statement. “He’s a powerful guy but we believe he has another level in him and it’s the responsibility of the club to bring that out.
“We used seven props in 2021 so having strength in this position is really important.”
The Giltinis open their 2022 season Feb. 5 on the road against the Houston Sabercats.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2021.
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