The Toronto Arrows signed Argentina international back Joaquin Tuculet for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old fullback, center, flyhalf, and wing is 5’11” and 201 lbs.
Joaquin is from La Plata, Argentina, and played club rugby with Los Tilos. He represented Argentina U19 in 2008, making 3 appearances and scoring 27 points. He also played for the U20s in two IRB Junior World Championships in 2008 and again in 2009, Making 10 appearances, before earning a spot in the National sevens team in 2010, where he played in 4 tournaments. In 2011 he played for the Pampus XV, winning the Vodacom Cup and playing with Los Jaguares (Argentina A) in the IRB Nations Cup in Romania.
Joaquin began his professional career in Europe in 2011 through 2015, playing with the English Premiership’s Sale Sharks, Top 14 clubs Grenoble and Bordeaux, and Pro 14 side Cardiff Blues.
He returned to Argentina for Los Jaguares’ inaugural Super Rugby campaign in 2016 and made 44 appearances, including earning 41 starts and scoring 10 tries over the past five seasons.
Internationally, the 31-year-old won 56 caps, starting 51 times and scoring 18 tries for Argentina since debuting for Los Pumas against Italy on 9 June 2012 in San Juan. The last of his matches was agains the United States at the 2019 Rugby World Cup on 9 October 2019 in Kumagaya, Japan.
The fullback started six matches in two Rugby World Cups in 2015 and 2019, scored four tries and also made 22 appearances in The Rugby Championship between 2014 and 2019.
Toronto Arrows Comments
“Joaquin came to us in somewhat unlikely fashion, but he is undoubtedly one of the top Pumas of the last decade, has experience at the highest levels of the international and pro game, can play almost every backline position, and brings depth and class to our backline,” said Arrows Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Mark Winokur. “He is making this move for all the right reasons and we are excited to have him here on a multi-year deal. He will fit in perfectly to our culture and he has expressed a keen desire to get out and work with all the great young talent in Ontario and help build the game.”