RUNY Signs Julio Cesar Giraldo From Practice Squad
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NEW YORK (February 6, 2020) – Rugby United New York promoted flanker Julio Cesar Giraldo off of their practice squad late last week, the team announced today. The 24 year old adds depth to a RUNY back row unit that experienced much turnover after the 2019 season.
Giraldo, a former Colombian Under-18 national team player, spent the last two seasons with Old Blue. Prior to competing in the Americas Rugby Premiership, he lived in France for two years, playing for Clamart Rugby 92 and TEC Rugby- based out of Toulouse.
After an impressive campaign this past fall, he signed to the Rooster practice squad at the beginning of preseason training camp. He earned promotion to the senior squad after a strong showing in his first professional environment.
With RUNY’s 2020 season set to kick off in three days, Giraldo has an opportunity to be the first Colombian born player to appear in Major League Rugby.
“I feel proud representing so many players in Colombia,” Giraldo told us. “I dream of many more Colombian players going professional. It is a country full of hidden rugby gems.”
About Rugby United New York
Rugby United New York is a professional rugby team who joined Major League Rugby as an associate member in 2018, playing a brief, but successful exhibition season. Their first full MLR schedule took place in 2019. RUNY’s vision is to bring the excitement of professional rugby to the New York sports landscape. The use of rugby’s core values of inclusion, teamwork, respect, and discipline will help to educate, inspire and connect with the New York Community. Rugby United New York, the city’s first professional rugby franchise, strives to unite the entire rugby community and enrich it at every level throughout the region. The team was founded by James Kennedy of the Murphy Kennedy Group, who is an active supporter of grassroots rugby.
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