JP Aguirre on MLR 2020 Season & Joining RUNY
New to the RUNY Squad, JP Aguirre sat down with Eugenio Astesiano to talk about the future of the MLR and his thoughts on joining RUNY.
How did you make your decision to leave Austin to go to New York? Was it meditated or was it quick? And why?
The decision was considered. It took me time to decide. I knew RUNY was interested in me, so I waited for the offer. Austin wanted me to stay with them, but in the end, much of the weight of my final decision was from my family. They live in New Jersey, an hour from NY, and that was the point that tipped the scales. Being on a new team with everything RUNY represents, plus the city and being close to my family, it really convinced me. I am enormously grateful to all the people of Austin. I’ve been treated great; I leave a lot of friends there and the relationship with both the managers and the coaches couldn’t have been better and still is.
You’ve had a great experience with the MLR so far. How do you see the growth of the League from the inside as a player?
Next season, the League will have 3 new teams joining the league; that speaks for itself about the importance and growth of the MLR. Better competition, better players, more fans, more teams… everything had improved. The impact of the league is noticeable in rugby in the U.S. and Canada as well.
What things about the RUNY play do you find most interesting and which are most suited to the way you play and understand rugby?
I’ve seen RUNY last season and what I noticed was they’re really focused on running an efficient shape and game plan. The team has built a solid foundation of play with its defense as well. It’s a complete team. And for the backs, it’s been a team with a good pass, a good feet, compact, complete. It’s great to be able to join that structure. It’s a very convincing game plan.
Are you excited about an Aguirre – Bastareaud combination at the center of the pitch and Ben Foden running in between? RUNY has – as a team – an incredible potential to repeat playoffs and why not, take a step further.
Yes, I’d love that to be the combination! It’s going to be a privilege to be able to train with them and learn from all their experience, not to mention play with them. It’s going to be very enriching and no doubt, I’m going to make the most of every moment.
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