Austin Gilgronis obtained Argentinian winger Julian Dominguez Widmer in a trade with NOLA Gold Rugby. The electric try-scoring wing is 25-years-old, 6’2″, and 220 lbs.
Julian scored a team-leading 9 tries in 14 starts, playing 1107 minutes during the 2021 season for NOLA Gold.
Julián played 390 minutes in his five starts during the Covid-19 shortened 2020 season and scored two tries. He played with the Rhinos at the World Tens Series in Bermuda in November. He also started at left wing against the Houston SaberCats in the team’s 2021 preseason match.
Julian was born in Buenos Aires and played club rugby for Pucara URBA. He played for two consecutive years for Argentina U20s at the IRB Junior World Championship in 2015 and 2016. He also began playing for Argentina XV in the Americas Pacific Challenge beginning in 2016 and has played in for the team recently in 2019 at the Americas Rugby Championship and Nations Cup.
Julian also played with the Argentina Sevens during the 2017-2018 HSBC World Sevens Series. Julian joins NOLA Gold after playing with the Jaguares XV in the Currie Cup First Division.
Dominguez is a powerful ball carrier on the wing and is known throughout the league for his shotgun fend. The winger is still very much on the Argentinian National team radar after playing for Los Pumas U20s, Argentina XV team, Jaguares XV, and with two seasons in the Argentina 7s squad. He’ll continue to make a case for the Pumas #11 jersey with the AGs in the 2022 MLR campaign.
Austin Gilgronis Comments
Dominguez is excited for the opportunity in Austin, “I knew the AGs were a serious team that is solid in attack and defense, after having a conversation with [Head Coach] Sam Harris, I knew it was a team formed by good people that want to work hard and get to another level.”
“Julian is a phenomenal talent, and a huge get for us as a winger on the MLR First XV team last year, which is a huge achievement for him,” says AG Head Coach Sam Harris. “He’s an athlete, a big body, and runs with a different intensity than most other people; [Julian] brings strike power to the AGs and I think he could take the competition by storm.”
“This team has an excellent staff and players that give me their support and push me to be better,” says Dominguez. “ These first couple training sessions have been tough, but I’m happy to be back at training and a part of this group.”
Welcome to the AG Family, Julian Dominguez Widmer!