|Juan Martín Hernández|
Hernandez appeared at Rugby World Cup 2003 as a 21 year old did so only having had made his Pumas debut made his debut several months earlier. It was at fullback vs Paraguay with Hernández scoring one try and converting two in Argentina´s 144-0 victory. The following week he earned his second cap, vs Uruguay and again started at fullback. It may not have been against tier one opposition but Hernández, nevertheless, had impressed and coach Marcelo Loffreda selected him for Argentina´s two home tests in June 2003 vs France and the teams away match vs South Africa. Hernández started two of the three matches at fullback and scored a try vs both powerhouse opponents. Following a final warmup clash vs Canada, Hernández was confirmed in Argentina´s World Cup squad and would go on to play in three matches, scoring two tries vs Romania.
|Try saving tackle on Tuilagi|
|vs Ireland, RWC 2007|
The year 2006 was just about warming up the engines however as 2007 saw his reputation go from talented player to best in the business. After having changed position to be Stade Français´ flyhalf in combination with Agustín Pichot at scrumhalf, he was ready for something special. Hernández was in hot form having won the French Championship and after was named at 10 for Argentina to open Rugby World Cup 2007 against the host nation, France. Hernández was vital to his teams´success, as Argentina modeled a game plan around his kicking skills and knocked over the hosts on their own turf. Two weeks latter the world was treated to the flyhalf performance of the World Cup as Hernández slotted three dropgoal vs Ireland but more importantly, had the game in the palm of his hand as he organized play superbly. It saw him nominated as one of four players for the prestigious IRB Player of the Year award for 2007, won by South Africa´s Bryan Habana.
|Hernández the Shark|
Hernández returned to the field for Racing Métro after the World Cup and has been making progress with the club. While some critics say he is not what he once was he has nonetheless, got three solid offers to consider - stay at Racing Métro, return to Stade Français or play Super Rugby for the Auckland Blues. The offers firmly suggest that his reputation remains strong. With Felipe Contepomi now aged 34 and Santiago Fernández prefered as n inside centre, Los Pumas´ 10 shirt is certainly going to be worn by Juan Martín Hernández this year. He has the chance of shouwing the Southern hemisphere just how good Argentina is at rugby.
Week One: Juan Manuel Leguizamón
Week Two: Lucas González Amorosino
Week Three: Marcelo Bosch
Week Four: Agustín Creevy
Week Five: Juan Martín Hernández
Week Six: Martín Bustos Moyano