Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Corcho Fernández Lobbe talks about leading Argentina

Photo: ERC Rugby
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. 

1 comment:

  1. The IRB award this year was a complete joke, and the recent history of that award has ruined the prestige and recognition that the award has.

    Getting nominated will not be worth being proud of any more as players like Farrell have been nominated.

    It all started to go wrong in 2009. South Africa and Ireland had good years then, and one of Fourie du Preez (who was immense then) or Brian O'Driscoll were the clear choices to win. But instead it went Richie McCaw who in that particular year was outplayed by an in form Heinrich Brussow.

    Since then the IRB award has been a joke. Thierry Dusautoir got the award after just one match last year (Jerome Kaino should have won), and also laughably Piri Weepu was nominated. This year it got even worse with Farrell being nominated ahead of Read, Fernández Lobbe, Lydiate or Savea. Also McCaw should have won from the nominated list ahead of Carter who missed quite a few matches this year.

    I am suspicious that the award has now become more about rugby politics than actually giving it to the best player.