Mauro del Campo Andrés called up by the Spanish M18 Rugby 7s National Team
Mauro is a 17 year old player of the Vigo Rugby Club and of the Galician Rugby National Team who has been playing for 13 seasons. He started at the age of 5 when his parents saw a documentary on Canal + directed by the late ex-footballer and sports commentator Michael Robinson about the promotion of the Club's Senior Men's Team to the Division of Honour in 2011 and decided to make a firm commitment to this sport with a solid training in values.
He is the younger brother of Lucia del Campo who was a player of the club and the Galician and Spanish national team until two seasons ago when she emigrated to the United States where she plays in Division 1 Elite women's rugby at Lindenwood University Womens Rugby - Lions, the number 1 women's rugby team in the USA and where she has so far won a league title in Rugby XV, runner-up in Rugby 7s and made the All American Team in her first season.
Mauro has extensive national and international oval experience despite his youth as he has been through all the Vigo Rugby training categories, both at school, from 5 to 11 years old, and at the academy, from 12 to 17, from M6 to M18, playing matches, tournaments and leagues at regional, national and international level against teams of different nationalities such as French, English, Irish, Portuguese, American...
He belongs to a brilliant generation of players of the Club in 2006-2007 characterised by their quality and combative spirit who started playing oval from a very early age, most of them from 4 or 5 years old and who were the first team in the M6 category in Galicia, as, although they had some players of his age, they had to play in higher categories as there were not enough to make their own team.
He has an enviable sporting curriculum so far, has achieved among others with his team: 8 Galician Rugby XV leagues, 4 in M14 where he debuts with only 10 years, 3 in M16 where he debuts with 13 years and 1 in M18 where he debuts with 15. To this he adds 3 Xunta de Rugby 7s Cups, 1 in M14, 1 in M16 and 1 in M18 (2 were suspended during the pandemic) in addition to other tournaments and national and international competitions. With only 16 years old he debuted in February 2023 with Vigo Rugby in senior category in a friendly match in Pontevedra against Mareantes Rugby and a month later in an international friendly match against Braga Rugby.
Since he was 12 years old (6 seasons) he has been called up uninterruptedly with the Galician Rugby National Team with which he has participated throughout the years in the Spanish Rugby XV and 7s Championships, as well as in national and international friendly matches.
He is captain of Vigo Rugby and the M18 Galician National Team.
For the last four seasons he has been collaborating with the Rugby School as assistant coach in the M12 category, which demonstrates his strong personal commitment to the Club and the values he received since he started playing as a child.
Furthermore, for the last three seasons, he has been taking advantage of every summer, a period of rest at the Clubs, to train at High Performance Campuses in France. In 2021 he attended the Académie Internationale de Rugby - France and there he came into contact with top French players who encouraged him to attend in 2022 and 2023 the high performance stages of the Stade Toulousain, one of the best rugby teams in the world. The objective he is looking for is to improve his game in a world-class Rugby environment, being the first youth player of the Club to go abroad, a custom that is now more widespread and where he has also managed to stand out for his quality.