Rugby United New York signed Argentina international Juan Manuel Leguizamón for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 37-year-old back row is 6’3″ and 231lbs.
He signed with the Seattle Seawolves for 2020, but delays with visa approval did not have him joining the team.
Leguizamón is from Santiago del Estero, Argentina and played his amateur rugby with the Santiago Lawn Tennis Club and then with San Isidro Club when he moved to Buenos Aires for the 2003-2004 season. SIC won the URBA championship both years he was with the club and allowed him to study physiotherapy. He also played provincial rugby for Buenos Aires.
He played age-grade rugby for Argentina U19s in 2002 and for the U21s in 2003 and 2004. He made his debut for Argentina against Japan in April 2005 and played the last of his 87 tests at the 2019 Rugby World Club against the USA on October 9. That was the last of his four consecutive Rugby World Cups that began in 2007 and continued in 2011, 2015, and 2019. He captained the Pumas 4 times and announced his retirement from rugby after the 2019 RWC.
That apparently has changed with Rugby United New York the beneficiary of his leadership and experience in the back row.
Leguizamón played professional rugby for the London Irish from 2005-2008, for Stade Français in the Top 14 from 2008-2011, Lyon in Pro D2 from 2011-2015, and for the Super Rugby Jaguares from 2015-2019.
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