Rugby United New York signed Joel Miranda for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old fullback/wing is 6’0″ (1.83) and 179 lbs (81 kg).
He was born in the United States but lived in Salta, Argentina. He graduated high school in 2014, attending Colegio Santa Teresa de Jesus and is currently majoring in Law at the Catholic University of Salta.
Joel plays for Salta Jockey Club, where he played in the NOA regional tournament and national tournaments. He was part of the Argentine Academy (PLADAR) for three years and played for Argentina Under-20s on several occasions against Uruguay, Italy, Chile, and Brazil in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Tournament of Nations. In 2017 he was part of the preseason group with the Pumas Sevens.
He also played for the senior provincial team of Salta in two Argentina tournaments and in two youth tournaments. In 2016 he was honored as the best youth player in his province of Salta and as the best player in the province in 2016 and in 2017.