Thursday, October 28, 2010

The accolades continue coming for Martín Rodriguez Gurruchaga

In just his first season of professional rugby, Stade Français´s new signing Martín Rodriguez Gurruchaga has underlined himself as a worldclass player. He arrived at the club from Atletico del Rosario for whom he competed in the 2009 URBA Top 14 and was a semi finalist. His impressive form combined with injuries to Marcelo Bosch, Felipe Contepomi and Juan Martín Hernández earned Rodriguez Gurruchaga a call up to Los Pumas squad for the 2009 November tour to Europe in which he scored all points for Argentina in the teams three test matches.

Shortly after the tour, Stade Français began negotiating with Rodriguez Gurruchaga to secure a deal for the current season. Upon arriving at the club he was barely known at all to the extent that the teams new coach Michael Cheika had never heard of him. Cheika comented that "He surprized me with his style of play. He still has a lot of work to do on his physical progress in defense. Even on offense and, especially in the language. For now its like playing with someone from another planet  because you can´t communicate all the time. But this says a lot about the player. He can´t connect and if he is able to play well, this means that he has great talent."

Rodriguez Gurruchaga has thus far proven to be a tremendously versatile player. He has played at flyhalf, centre, wing and fullback for Stade Français. This past weekend he played at inside centre against Argentina´s captain, Felipe Contepomi and had a strong match for the Parisians as they hosted Toulon in front of 80,000 people at Stade de France.

On week earlier, Rodriguez Gurruchaga scored a drop goal from halfway in Stade Français´ Amlin Challenge Cup match vs Leeds Carnegie in England. The Parisians went on to win 22-13 to put themselves in firm control of the pool as the only undefeated side after two matches. In round one, Rodriguez Gurruchaga scored 2 tries as Stade Français scored a big 56-7 win vs Italian side Crociati Rugby in Paris.

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