NOLA Gold Adds Timothee Guillimin

NOLA Gold signed Timothée Guillimin for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old flyhalf is 5’10” and 195 lbs.

Timothée played 273 minutes in 5 matches, starting 3, with the New England Free Jacks, and scored 18 points during the pandemic shortened 2020 season. He also played with the Free Jacks during their 2019 exhibition season in the Cara Cup and match against Lansdowne. Following the 2020 season, he returned to France and played for Nimes.

Timothee joined Austin Elite Rugby in 2017 and played 640 minutes in 8 matches as a starter and scored 84 points. In 2019 he played 383 minutes in 6 matches, 4 as a starter, and scored 29 points, before his release from the team.

Timothée began playing rugby at the age of 6. He has played in the European Challenge Cup game with Agen, as well as the French National U18 and U16 teams. He joined the Austin Huns and helped take them to a national championship in 2017.

Timothée attended high schools College Capouchiné and Lycée Jean Moulin. He also attended college at both UFR STAPS Montpellier and DUT GACO Agen. At 5’10” and 195lbs, he brings considerable rugby IQ to the team with his experience as a flyhalf. Austin Elite Rugby – Timothée Guillimin

When he signed a three-year contract in 2016 with the Austin Huns, he was profiled as “a player of many qualities and massive potential, his international appearances for France are a testament to exceptional abilities as a rugby athlete.  Of the 60,000 teenage rugby players in France, less than 100 are chosen to represent France in their age group international competitions in any given year. Timothee was selected for both the U-16 and U-18 France teams over a period of four years, an exceptional achievement.”

“Adding to his international recognition, Timothee has also played for Montpellier Herault and S.U. Agen.  These clubs are among the top 15 teams in France.  Last season Timothee was selected to play against the London Irish and Edinburg in the European Challenge Cup, an international competition where the top clubs in Italy, Romania, France, Scotland, and England, among other nations, compete against each other.”

General Manager Thierry Daupin discussed his signing in 2017 indicating that “Having Timothee joining us for the next three seasons is an immense privilege for us, we want to show that we are committed to bringing not only the best players but also players that can grow the game in Austin for a long time. Tim is the perfect example of players that believe in the future of Rugby in the USA and can bring a huge amount of experience for our young, and domestic players. We want to create a group that can contribute to creating a strong, developed program in the long term.”

International French legend Philippe Sella said about Timothee:” I recommend Timothee Guillimin as a qualifying international rugby athlete.  He will be an invaluable addition to the Huns Rugby club in Texas and his skill will certainly add to the marketability of the professional rugby development within the U.S.”

In the 2018 MLR season, he was among the top offensive scoring leaders. He was first in penalty goals, second in scoring with 84 points, and third in conversions made.

When Timothée joined the Free Jacks, the team’s captain Tadhg Leader was also the flyhalf. Many teams are utilizing experienced flyhalves as inside centers and that is where he has contributed to the team.

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