Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez

Federico Nicolas Sanchez was born on October 26 1988 in San Miguel de Tucuma and has become one of the key players for Argentina in his flyhalf position.  After the excellent displays by his predecessor in the Pumas number 10 jumper, Juan Martin Hernandez, Sanchez has grown into the role of pivot and is likely to play an important role for Daniel Hourcade’s team in England at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.  Hourcade has kept Hernandez as part of the setup, often turning out at centre, but the old warhorse has also provided competition to Sanchez, as well as acting as a mentor to the 27-year old.

Sanchez has long been an apple in the eyes of the Argentine national team selectors.  The speedy flyhalf has represented the South American nation from Under-19 all the way through to senior level.  As at 19 August 2015, Sanchez has played 33 Tests for his country slotting 27 conversions and 57 penalties with his educated right foot since making his debut against Uruguay in Santiago in 2010.  He has also managed to run in two tries for Los Pumas as well as landing eight drop goals. 

He has played one match at the Rugby World Cup before, against Romania in Invercargill in 2011, and will no doubt be looking to add to this tally as Hourcade looks to the pivot to make an impact in England.  Sanchez was the top scorer in the 2014 Rugby Championship with 52 points and if that is anything to go by, he will be a man to watch in the World Cup where the South Americans will aim for a quarter-final at the very least.  Argentina is in Pool C alongside New Zealand, Tonga, Georgia and Namibia.  Sanchez and co will open their campaign against the All Blacks on September 20 at Wembley in London.