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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Argentina Men's National Rugby Team News


October 4, 2015 - Nicolas Sanchez kicks Argentina to win over Tonga
"Argentina have one foot in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after fly-half Nicolas Sanchez inspired them to a 45-16 Pool C victory against Tonga in front of his country’s most famous No 10. Victory against Namibia in seven days’ time will guarantee the Pumas a place in the last eight, while Tonga must upset reigning champions New Zealand on Friday and hope Argentina slip up if they are claim second place. Football legend Diego Maradona was in the stands at the Leicester City Stadium to support his countrymen and saw Sanchez (pictured above being congratulated by teammates) score 25 points, which included a try and eight successful attempts at goal, to become top scorer at RWC 2015 as the Pumas recovered from falling 5-0 behind." - RWC

September 25, 2015 - Nicolas Sanchez kicks 15 points, including drop goal, in win over Georgia
"Argentina maximised on Mamuka Gorgodze's second-half sin-binning to record a vital bonus-point 54-9 victory over Georgia on Friday to all but guarantee themselves the second automatic qualifying spot in Pool C.... Argentina were made to work hard in the first-half, enjoying just a 14-9 lead thanks to nine points from the boot of influential fly-half Nicolas Sanchez and Tomas Lavanini's solitary try while Georgian veteran Merab Kvirikashvili kicked three penalties.... Sanchez got the scoreboard ticking with a cheeky sixth-minute drop-goal.... With Sanchez converting all three tries, Argentina were suddenly 35-9 up and the game was in the bag for the team that finished third in the 2007 World Cup." - SuperSport

August 6, 2015 - Juan Martin Hernandez named no. 10 for Boks match
"The versatile back and survivor from the 2007 and 2011 World Cup campaigns gets his first start this season in Durban ahead of underachieving fly-half Nicolas Sanchez. Leading 2014 Rugby Championship points scorer Sanchez ignored a ball-in-hand plan several times against the Wallabies and his aimless field kicks triggered two counter-attack tries. Pumas skipper and hooker Agustin Creevy was blunt in his analysis: 'There were moments when we had the ball and did not know what to do with it. We kicked, gave possession away, and conceded two tries. We have to improve collectively and individually against the Springboks'."- Rugby Week

December 31, 2014 - fly-halves for World Cup
"The pivotal position of is one that Los Pumas Head coach Daniel Hourcade already has clearly organized. His first choice player is Nicolás Sànchez who started twelve out of fourteen test matches for Argentina in 2014 in the position. Both Santiago González Iglesias and Juan Martín Hernández were given one start each in the position but Hourcade utilized both regularly in the mid-field. Big questions remain as to who Hourcade will select and he has already clarified that he is looking at four players per position which means that three players other than Sánchez will be examined tested before Hourcade makes a decision in late June as to who his play-makers are to be.... Four Contenders – Patricio Fernández, Santiago González Igelsias, Nicolás Sánchez, Benjamín Urdapilleta." - Get Real Rugby

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