The American Raptors signed Diego Magno, an Uruguayan international, for the 2023 Super Rugby Americas season. The 33-year-old back-row /lock, is the all-time Uruguay and Americas cap leader with 103 test appearances, is 6’2″ and 230 lbs.
Diego played 2010 minutes in 29 matches, starting 26, and scored one try for the Houston SaberCats from 2019 through 2021. He then played with Peñoral Rugby in the Super Liga Americana in 2022.
Diego, the team’s vice-captain, started four matches in 2020, with three of them as openside flanker and one as No. 8. He played for Uruguay in the 2020 Sudamerica Rugby Nations Cup.
In 2019 he played 741 minutes in 12 matches for the SaberCats. He carried 77 times for 339 meters, had 1 tackle break, 8 offloads, and made 96 tackles. After playing for Uruguay at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, he returns to the team.
Diego is from Montevideo, Uruguay, and attended Scuola Italiano di Montevideo from 1991-2006. He then participated in FCEA – Facultad de Ciencias for Business and Economics from 2009-2013. He continued his education from 2013-2014 at Universidad de la Empresa studying Marketing Analysis and e-Business Analysis.
Diego plays club rugby for Montevideo Cricket Club (MVCC). He played in the World Rugby Under-20s Trophy in 2001 and made his debut for the Uruguay National Rugby Team against Russia in Bucharest on June 20, 2008. Since then he has played in numerous Consur (Sudamerica Rugby) Championships, Nations Cup, and Americas Rugby Championships. He also played for Uruguay XV in the 2018 Americas Pacific Challenge and played in two matches with Uruguay in the World Sevens Series.
Diego was a member of the 2015 Rugby World Cup team and helped the team qualify for the 2019 RWC in Japan. Barring injury, he was part of the team’s World Cup squad in 2019. With this in mind, he participated in the World Rugby MLR Combine at Glendale in October 2018. He has played 103 matches for Uruguay and hopes to play in a third Rugby World Cup in 2023.
Following the 2018 Combine, he signed a contract with the Houston SaberCats and played with the team from 2019 to 2021. He then played with Peñoral Rugby in 2022.