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Javier Ortega Desio (born 14 June 1990) is an Argentine rugby union player who plays as a loose forward for the Argentine Super Rugby side Jaguares, and the Argentina national rugby union team.[1][2][3]

Javier Ortega Desio
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Ortega Desio in 2017
Birth nameJavier Ortega Desio
Date of birth (1990-06-14) 14 June 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthParaná, Entre Ríos, Argentina
Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight102 kg (16 st 1 lb; 225 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2015 Pampas XV 19 (10)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016– Jaguares 7 (0)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Argentina U19
Argentina U20
Argentina XV


Correct as of 18 September 2019
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2011–2012 Argentina sevens 13


Ortega Desio started out his professional career playing for the San Isidro Club in the Torneo de la URBA. He spent 4 years there and racked up almost 50 appearances before switching to join Estudiantes de Paraná in his home town in 2014.[1]

Ortega Desio is signed to play for Jaguares until 2017.

International careerEdit

Ortega Desio was a member of the Argentina Under-20 sides which competed in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship[4] and later went on to play for Argentina's representative teams, the Jaguars and the Pampas XV. He was a member of the Pampas XV squad for the 2013 Vodacom Cup in South Africa and he also went on their tour of Australia in 2014.[1]

He made his senior debut for Los Pumas against Uruguay on 20 May 2012, scoring a try in the process. However, it wasn't until 2014 before he tasted action against non-South American opposition where he played in all 3 of his country's matches during the 2014 mid-year rugby union internationals series.[1]

In August 2014, he was named in the squad for the 2014 Rugby Championship.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Javier Ortega Desio Argentina Rugby Player Profile". UAR. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Javier Ortega Desio ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Javier Ortega Desio Player Statistics". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Javier Ortega Desio IRB JWC Player Profile". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Pumas squad for the Rugby Championship". Sanzar Rugby. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.