Austin Elite Rugby – Timothée Guillimin
Austin Elite Rugby Management announced the signing of Timothée Guillimin as a utility back for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Guillimin joined the Austin Huns last year from France and signed a three-year contract.
Tim has deep rugby background beginning from the age of 6. At only 21 years old, he has already played in the European Challenge Cup game with Agen, as well as the French National U18 and U16 teams. He joined the Austin Huns and helped take them to a national championship in 2016.
Tim attended high schools College Capouchiné and Lycée Jean Moulin. He also attended college at both UFR STAPS Montpellier and DUT GACO Agen. At 5’10” and 195lbs, he brings considerable rugby IQ to the team with his experience as a flyhalf.
When he signed a three-year contract in 2016 with the Austin Huns, he was profiled as “a player of many qualities and massive potential, his international appearances for France are a testament to exceptional abilities as a rugby athlete. Of the 60,000 teenage rugby players in France, less than 100 are chosen to represent France in their age group international competitions in any given year. Timothee was selected for both the U-16 and U-18 France teams over a period of four years, an exceptional achievement.”
“Adding to his international recognition, Timothee has also played for Montpellier Herault and S.U. Agen. These clubs are among the top 15 teams in France. Last season Timothee was selected to play against the London Irish and Edinburg in the European Challenge Cup, an international competition where the top clubs in Italy, Romania, France, Scotland, and England, among other nations, compete against each other.”
General Manager Thierry Daupin discussed his signing indicating that “Having Timothee joining us for the next three seasons is an immense privilege for us, we want to show that we are committed to bringing not only the best players but also players that can grow the game in Austin for a long time. Tim is the perfect example of players that believe in the future of Rugby in the USA and can bring a huge amount of experience for our young, and domestic players. We want to create a group that can contribute to creating a strong, developed program in the long term.”
International French legend Philippe Sella said about Timothee:” I recommend Timothee Guillimin as a qualifying international rugby athlete. He will be an invaluable addition to the Huns Rugby club in Texas and his skill will certainly add to the marketability of the professional rugby development within the U.S.”
Finally, the head coach of the Huns, Eugene Eloff sais that “I am excited about signing a player of Timothee’s caliber. French backline players are known for their creativity, flair, and ability to play a flat, expansive game. Players like Timothee can be a future prospect for the USA Eagles. Timothee’s presence will have a snowball effect on the development of the game of rugby in the United States and for the Austin Huns.”
There are an excitement and an expectation that Guillimin will continue to develop as a player and be a huge contributor for Austin Elite Rugby for years to come.
Austin Elite Rugby
- Alain Hyardet – Head Coach
- Rick Medina – Corporate Sales Manager
- Peter Malcolm – Hooker
- Zinzan Elan-Puttick – Fullback
- Sione Fangaihuia – Center
- Vetekina Malafu – Wing
- Michael Reid – Scrumhalf
- Mason Pedersen – Loosehead Prop
- Zac Mizell – Flyhalf, Utility Back
- Sani Taylor – Wing
- Knute O’Donnell – Scrum-half
- Allan Hanson – Utility Back
- Timothée Guillimin – Utility Back