Major League Rugby last week announced a new team for 2021: the LA Giltinis.

The Los Angeles team shares Australian ownership and alcoholic inspiration – it is named for a yet-to-be marketed cocktail – with the Austin Gilgronis, a Texas team who played two seasons in the US professional rugby union competition as the Austin Elite and were also briefly known as the Austin Herd before rebranding this year.

In a statement, MLR commissioner George Killebrew said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Los Angeles to MLR. LA is an important addition to the league as a major media market and the region has a lengthy rugby history embedded in their culture.”

The same release said: “Ownership of the LA Giltinis will primarily reside with Loyals Rugby, a rugby investment company founded in Australia.”

A Los Angeles expansion team was announced in 2018 but the LA Coast subsequently lost out to Loyals Rugby, which is funded by Adam Gilchrist, an Australian behind the F45 gym business. When Gilchrist stepped in at Austin, MLR owners waived rules against stakes in multiple teams.

Last year, Gilchrist trademarked multiple names for cocktails, among them “Gil Tai”, “Gilacolada”, “Giljito”, “Gilgarita” and “Gilmopolitan”.

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