Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Juan Martín Hernández playing for Natal Sharks

Considered the best flyhalf at Rugby World Cup 2007 Juan Martín Hernández opted to leave France shortly before the beginning of the 2009-2010 European season to play Currie Cup rugby in South Africa for the Natal Sharks. The Pumas international took a significant pay cut in swapping Stade Français for the Sharks but did so with the intention of playing not only Currie Cup rugby but also Super Rugby for the South African side. Hernández´s move to Durban came as a surprize but he was looking for a new club and also had an offer to play in New Zealand for Auckland in the New Zealand Cup and The Blues in Super Rugby. Before joining the Durban based side, Hernández had previously played for Stade Français from 2003-2009 and was a national champion with the club as they won the Top 14 in 2004 and 2007. He was also a runner up in the 2005 Heineken Cup in which Stade Français were defeated by Toulouse in Edinburgh.

Unfortunately, Hernández´s plans did not work out for him as he injured his back playing for the Natal Sharks. Despite being well below 100%, he continued playing Currie Cup rugby and put in some star performances including a 24 point performance vs the Bulls in Round 10. The extent of his injury would not become known until latter on but it was enough to rule him out of international duty for Argentina´s three match tour of England, Wales and Scotland in November 2009. In January 2010 it was confirmed that his injury required back surgery and Hernández was ruled out of playing Super Rugby as well as representing Argentina in the June test matches vs Scotland and France. He would return, however, for the 2010-2011 season with his new club - Paris´s Racing Metro.

In the following video the South African commentators incorrectly say Hernández´s try, which he scored at 1:35, was scored by Andries Strauss.

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome, I've always had a soft spot for the Sharks and now Hernandez is playing there.