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The year 2012 saw Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe go from being a well known and repected player in Argentina and in European circles to be considered one of the best in the world after impressing for Los Pumas throughout the year. He was considered as one of the best players in The Rugby Championship and was a genuine contender for IRB Player of the Year, won by Dan Carter earlier this month. Fernández Lobbe did not make the final list but arguably should have as was an odd combination featuring England´s Owen Farrell, France´s Frederick Michalak and New Zealand captain Richie McCaw. Rugby forum´s and social media were common in criticizing the final four, especially the nomination of the Englishman. While Fernández Lobbe did not win an IRB award and did not make the list he did win the respect and admiration of rugby fans in the toughest of all places - the SANZAR nations.
The following video is an interview with Juan Martín, a.k.a Corcho taken before Argentina´s three match tour of Europe last month. He talks about what it means to him to lead his country and how it got to be where he is today.