The Toronto Arrows re-signed Uruguay fullback Gastón Mieres for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He is 29-years-old (30 in October), 5’11”, and weighs 178 lbs. He played in 10 matches with the Arrows in 2019.
Gastón was born and raised in Punta del Este, Uruguay. He began playing rugby at a young age for Lobos, the local area club.
Gastón Mieres & Uruguay National Team
He progressed through the Uruguay age-grade system and debuted for the Senior National team on May 13, 2010, against Brazil. Since then he has played in 67 Uruguay national matches, starting 51of them. Three of the 2018 matches were against Argentina XV (twice) and Emerging Italy (twice), all as a starter. He has scored 65 points through 13 tries.
Gastón has played in several Sudamerica Championships, Nations Cups, Americas Rugby Championships, and also played in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, starting all four matches.
In 2018 the team prepared for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. He played for Uruguay A in the 2018 Americas Pacific Challenge and toured with the National team with November matches against the Cardiff Blues, Ulster, Fiji, and Romania. His last test was against Spain on June 22, 2019. He is part of the extended squad for the Rugby World Cup 2019.
Gastón Mieres & Uruguay Sevens
Gastón grew up in Punta del Este, which is known for its rugby sevens tournaments. He has played in the HSBC World Sevens Series in 7 tournaments, scoring 15 points through 3 tries. He also played in the 2017 Hong Kong Qualifier to see if Uruguay could gain core status.
Gastón also played in the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, starting all four matches and scoring two tries.
Gastón Mieres signed his first professional contract in 2014 to play for Valpolicella in the Italian Series A competition. He then was offered a 20-week trial that concluded with a short contract with Coventry in 2015.
He then returned to Uruguay and to his club team, the Lobos.
Following the November tests, Gastón will join his new team, the Toronto Arrows for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. With the Arrows, he will provide experience and leadership.
He is among a number of Uruguay National team players that played in the MLR in 2019. This provided the high-performance opportunities that are necessary for the team to compete in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. During 2020, he will be an asset to the Arrows as they strive for the MLR championship