Samurai PRP Player Of The Week: Jed Gillespie

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OMBAC moved to 4-0 in the Pacific Rugby Premiership over the weekend, and in the middle of all that action was prop forward Jed Gillespie.

The Aussie-produced prop has shown some superb open-field skills and can get the job done at the coalface, too. That's why he is our Samurai Pacific Rugby Premiership Player of the Week following OMBAC's 28-14 win against San Francisco Golden Gate on Saturday.

"He's been a solid player for us," OMBAC player-coach Tai Tuisamoa said. "He's the most consistent player for us week in, week out. His work ethic speaks for itself, and I'm glad he's on our side."


Check out Gillespie's work in the top plays video above, where he gets a turnover that sets up Tim Stanfill's opening try. Gillespie also commits two defenders to put hooker Oliva Auimatagi away in the corner—a move any center would be proud of.

Gillespie joined OMBAC after former New South Wales Waratah and ACT Brumbie Ben Batger came to San Diego on vacation and started playing at OMBAC. Batger returned for another season and brought Gillespie along with him—the two had been teammates at the Eastwood club. John Grant, a former Australia 7s player, also joined OMBAC.

This year, Gillespie was the tour guide, bringing two other Eastwood players with him.

"The Eastwood connection for us has been great," OMBAC general manager Jason Wood said.

Gillespie lost some time due to injury, but still in his mid-20s, he has developed a reputation as a prop who has open-field skills. It's that combination that has Tuisamoa relieved to have Gillespie in an OMBAC jersey.

Everyone else just was to wonder where he is, because Jed Gillespie can hurt you in any number of ways.

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