The Toronto Arrows signed Argentina international Manuel Montero for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old wing (29 in November) is 6’1″ (1.94m) and 249 lbs (113 kg).
Manuel is from Adrogué, Argentina, and played club rugby with Club Pucará. He played in 45 URBA Top 14 / Top 12 matches over multiple times with Pucará between 2011 and 2019, scoring 29 tries.
He switched from basketball to rugby as a teenager and achieved success soon after for the Argentina under-20s in 2010 and again at the 2011 U20s World Cup. He also played in three World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments in the 2011-2012 season.
Manuela made his full debut for Los Pumas in 2012 against Uruguay at Santiago, Chile on May 20. and has earned 27 caps (22 starts) and score 16 tries through his last test against Australia at Canberra on September 16, 2017. He also played for Argentina XV.
In 2020 he played with Paraguay’s Olímpia Lions in the Súper Liga Americana, featuring in one match before the South American league was cut short due to the pandemic.
Toronto Arrows Comments
“We’re also very excited to have Manuel Montero join us. We saw plenty of him scoring tries against Canada in international play over the years, and his size, speed and experience will help our attack and overall game.”
Montero is the fourth Argentine to sign with the club for the 2021 season, joining countrymen Tomás de la Vega, Gastón Cortes, and Juan Cruz González.