Rugby United New York announced the signing of center Juan Pablo “JP” Aguirre for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old is 6’1″ and 200 lbs.
Last year he played his rookie MLR season with the Austin Herd playing in seven matches.
JP Aguirre began playing rugby at the age of 12 with Club Champagnat in Buenos Aires, Argentina, his hometown. He played provincial rugby for the Under-18s and then for the Argentina Under-20s, Los Pumitas, in the 2013 Junior Rugby World Cup and then won the Sudamerica Championship against Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil in 2014.
He attended the Instituto Champagnat and then attended Lindenwood-Belleville in 2016-2017 before transferring Lindenwood University. He was a Men’s Collegiate All-American Honorable Mention in 2018 and played for the All-Americans at the Rugbytown 7s in 2018. He helped the team win the Division 1 Sevens National Championship and was named to the Collegiate Rugby Championship Dream Team in 2018. He earned 2nd XV honors for the Mid-South Conference during the 2017-2018 D1A season.
He then played with Bulldog Rugby in Colorado and won the 2018 USA Club Division 1 Sevens Championship in New York. Aguirre then played with Tiger Rugby in the 2018 RugbyTown Sevens tournament.
He also played for Old Blue in 7s in 2019 with the team finishing third at the USA Club 7s Nationals over Schuylkill River. He did not attend Nationals, but helped the team gain the No.1 Atlantic seed. He did play for the team at the Eastern Open Qualifier, making it to the Cup Finals.
JP was also a standout player at the World Rugby combine held in Glendale, Colorado October 2018.
Rugby United New York Comments
“JP adds a lot of value to our backline,” stated James English, RUNY General Manager. “He had impressive moments in Austin last season, but we are expecting even more out of him during his second season in Major League Rugby.”
“Last season, RUNY showed everyone that they could be one of the best teams in the league,” added JP Aguirre. “This season, we have to show everyone that we are the best and end up with the shield in NYC.”