Friday, February 15, 2013

Retro Friday - Gonzalo Quesada try v Wales 1999

Known for his goalkicking, former Argentine international flyhalf Gonzalo Quesada left his mark on the global game in 1999 when he won the golden boot award for being the highest points scorer of the World Cup. Quesada´s contributions were fundamental to Argentina´s success in the tournament. His game against Samoa and Ireland were particularly good as he saw his team pull of what were two upset victories. Argentina played the first game of the tournament against Wales with Quesada scoring all the points. Earlier in 1999 he had also faced Wales and had kicked well but also scored an impressive try by being a support runner for Diego Albanese. After Albanese had danced around defending Welsh players Quesada got the pass and ran 30 metres to score in Buenos Aires. The result was forgettabl as Argentina blew a 23-0 lead by losing the match 36-26. 

Quesada went on to play professional rugby in France, most notably for Stade Français but also for Pau, Béziers, Narbonne and Toulon. He played in two World Cup´s and was involved in France´s 2011 campaign as an assistant and after returning to France he went on to becoem the headcoach of Racing Métro. There are rumours that he will not continue at Racing Métro next season and will instead move to Lyon to coach the Pro d2 side. Quesada is a Pumas coach in the making. His experiences coaching in France make him a strong candidate for Argentina in the future.

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