Rugby United New York added Diego Armando Maquieira for the remainder of the 2021 Major league Rugby season. The 30-year-old hooker is 6’0″ and 235 lbs.
Diego joins the team from Old Blue RFC after winning the 2021 Big Apple Cup. He signed with the New England Free Jacks in 2020 but did not see regular-season action. He played for the team during the 2018-2019 exhibition season, including in the Cara Cup.
Diego played rugby sevens for 2019 Mystic River Rugby Club and played in the USA Club 7s Nationals in Kansas City.
Diego is from Queens, New York, and attended Middlesex School from 2007-2009. He then attended Northeastern University from 2009-2014, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Business. He played rugby 15s and 7s for the University in the former East Coast Rugby Conference.
Diego also played for the Northeast Academy since 2013, for Stars Rugby 7s in the New York 7s in 2015, and has played for Mystic River in the USA Club Rugby Nationals as recently as in 2018.
Diego has played for Mystic River Rugby Club and was on the 2016 USA Club Rugby Division 1 National Championship winning team. In 2017-2018 he played with the Houston Strikers, who changed their name to the Houston SaberCats. He played 143 minutes in 7 matches, starting once in 2018.
Following the season he returned to Mystic River before playing for the New England Free Jacks in their 2018-2019 exhibition season. He played in all three matches against the Ontario Arrows, Rugby United New York, and most recently, the Utah Warriors, and then in the Cara Cup.