Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hugo Porta on Close Up

Hugo Porta
One of New Zealand´s premier prime time television shows, Close Up recently featured a piece on IRB Hall of Famer, Hugo Porta. The former Pumas flyhalf continues to be the most famous player Argentina has ever produced and whatever he has to say about Argentine rugby is not taken lightly by rugby folk internationally. Rather than look back at his career as a Puma, Porta shows tremendous humility in prefering to look forward and offer his view of the current Pumas team. In this must see interview, Porta talks not only about the future but also the meaning of Los Pumas. His view that the Pumas shirts belong to the people. The 80 minutes of play is for the players to wear the shirt and use it. This philosophy would appear to explain the passion of the Pumas seen every time they sing the Argentine national anthem. 

Porta similarly is not interested in being called the teams best of most important player. Rather than thank the interviewer for his praise for scoring all 21 points in the draw against the All Blacks, Porta is quick to say rugby is a team sport. The humbleness of Porta is something that is common with other Pumas greats such as Agustín Pichot and is also highly evident under the leadership of Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe. 

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