Austin Elite Rugby Adds Andrés Vilaseca
For a few days it was expected that a number of players from Uruguay would be joining Major League Rugby teams for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. That has come to fruition as Austin Elite Rugby signed Uruguayan center and 2018 captain Andrés Vilaseca.
Vilaseca was born and lives in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is 27 years old, is 6’1″ tall, and weighs 181 pounds. He is one of two brothers who have played rugby. His brother Santiago played with him in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and was captain of the team. Another brother played rugby for the Montevideo Old Boys Club with Andrés until he was 20 before he pursued soccer.
Andrés began playing rugby at age7 with the British Schools of Montivideo. Upon graduation he then studied at the Universidad Ort Uruguay where he pursued Business and Management.
When under-19s were started, he began playing for the Montevideo Old Boys Club, doing so until he turned professional in 2017 for Uruguay.
Uruguay National Team
Andrés Vilaseca initially played for the national team in the Under-20s 2007 South American Rugby Championship. He also played in the 2010 and 2011 Junior World Rugby Championship Trophy competition.
He debuted for the Uruguay National team against Argentina at Montevideo on April 27, 2013. He also was a member of the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad, starting all 4 matches. He has 44 caps for the National team, starting 41 of them and scoring 7 tries.
Vilaseca helped Uruguay in Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers against Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and against Canada. The reward was qualifiying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the Americas 2 team.
This October he will part of the Uruguay XV squad in the Americas Pacific Challenge.
Comments From Austin Elite Rugby Release
“We are excited to have Andres join our team” said Alain Hyardet, Head Coach. “As a young player he will bring his passion and experience to the team”
“I am delighted to be joining Austin for the next season. Coming to the USA and being part of the Major League Rugby is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. said Andres “I’m looking forward to bring as much success as possible to the club and meeting my new team mates”