NOLA Gold has Juan Cappiello returning for the second year of his contract that takes him through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old center (30 in March) is 5’11” and 215 lbs.
Juan played 1210 minutes in 16 matches, starting 15, and scored 2 tries for NOLA Gold in 2021.
Juan has represented Argentina in age-grade rugby playing for the U19s before joining the U20s in 2012. He made six appearances for the team and scored two tries at the Junior Rugby World Championship in South Africa. In 2013 he made his debut for Los Pumas against Uruguay on April 13 at Montevideo. His remaining two starts were against Chile on May 1 and against Brazil on May 4, 2013. He also played to the Puma Sevens team at the South American Championship. His performance resulted in his selection for the Hong Kong Sevens in 2014. In 2015 he played for the Jaguars in the IRB Nations Cup and in 2016-2017 represented Argentina. He has also played for Argentina XV at the Americas Rugby Championship.
Juan’s home rugby club is Pucará that plays in the URBA Top 14. He played with the team from 2011-2017 before leaving for the 2017-2018 season to play in the French D2 PRO league with Carcassonne. His debut at home against Narbonne was a success with him scoring the team’s first try.
He returned home to resume playing for Pucará for 2018-2019 before being recruited as a medical joker for Stade Montois Rugby Pro (Mnt-de-Marsan) for 2019-2020, playing in 13 matches. He then returned to Pucará prior to signing with NOLA Gold Rugby Club for the 2023 Major League Rugby season.