Nico Gilli

DOB: 2/17/1999
HEIGHT:  5'7"

Career Highlights

  • Sharks Academy in Durban, SA
  • 2019 MVP SDSU Men's Rugby 
  • Honor of Treasure Island Dream Team Seven's 
  • Scholarship recipient at Auckland's International Rugby Academy 
  • Eden RFC Eagles U20's 
  • OMBAC Senior Team 

Nico Gilli is a southern California native, growing up right down the street from San Diego Legion headquarters. Gilli began his rugby career at the age of 10 years old at the local club in Carlsbad, Coastal Dragons RFC. Following 8 years of club and high school rugby, Nico Gilli was invited to the Sharks Academy in Durban, SA. Where he spent time training alongside the Sharks Academy and representing the Durban U18's. 

Nico then went on to start his collegiate career at San Diego State University. Where he captained from 2019 until 2021. During his time at SDSU he was awarded MVP in 2019 and honor of Treasure Island Dream Team sevens player. Due to his successful collegiate rugby, Gilli was awarded scholarship recipient at the Auckland International Rugby Academy and represented the Eden RFC eagles Under 20's. More recently, Nico has represented local Men's Senior team OMBAC, leading them to a fifth place finish in the 2021 Rugby 7's National Championship. We are excited to have SoCal local join the SD Legion in 2022.