Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nicolas Sanchez signs for Union Bordeaux-Bègles

The number of Argentine players in the French 14 continues to grow with the confirmation than Union Bordeaux-Bègles have signed 22 year old Pumas flyhalf, Nicolas Sanchez. The young Puma who is currently with the Pumas 39 man training squad in Buenos Aires will join the Bordeaux club on what is to be his first professional contract. Union Bordeaux-Bègles are to play in the Top 14 after winning promotion from the pro d2 and are in the process of setting up what looks to be a strong side. The club is also following in the footsteps of the big city teams in moving matches to large stadiums. The club has already confirmed that its five home matches vs Bayonne, Toulon, Racing-Métro, Clermont and Toulouse will all be played at the Stade Chaban-Delmas which hosted four matches at Rugby World Cup 2007.  It is not yet known when he will arrive because of Rugby World Cup 2011. Should Sanchez be selected for the 2011 tournament he will arrive in Bordeaux in late October. Otherwise he will be available for the start of the season. His arrival in the Top 14 will see him team up with Argentine international winger Rafael Carballo who has been at the club since early 2010.

Sanchez joins the new boys in the Top 14 from Tucumán Lawn Tennis Club in the Northern Argentine city of Tucumán, his home town. He made his test debut in 2010 vs Uruguay and three days latter played his only other test so far, scoring 7 points against Chile. He was targeted at a young age and played for the Argentina under 20 team in 2008 before going on to play for Los Jaguares in 2009 and 2010. This led to his naming in the PladAR system and resulted in his big chance in the Vodacom Cup with Los Pampas XV in which Sanchez was the flyhalf throughout the campaign. He was subsequently named in the extended Pumas squad and was selected at flyhalf to play the second international match vs the French Barbarians in June in which he kicked six penalties.

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