Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nicolás Sánchez tackle sends Sergio Parisse back fifteen metres

Photo Norte Rugby
Argentine international fly half, Nicolás Sánchez, delivered a fierce and technically sound tackle on Sergio Parisse in November. The tackle sent the Italian captain back fifteen metres and resulted in resentment from the Italian players. 

Argentine fly hallf Nicolás Sánchez has established himself as one of the leading tacklers of all fly halves in global rugby. The Tucumán play maker has the combination of a reliable technique and the effectiveness of a back-rower to get the better of his opponents, including much heavier and stronger ball carriers.

Argentina´s most recent test match was against Italy in Rome. The fixture is one of notable rivalry due to Argentina having a large number of Italian descendents and because in rugby a large number of Argentina players have represented Italy rather than play for Los Pumas. The Six Nation starting this weekend will feature an Italian side with players lost to Argentina either as teenagers or adults. 

The Italian captain is one such example. Sergio Parisse is from La Plata but did move to Italy before adulthood. As a teenager Parisse´s family moved to the old continent and began playing professional rugby for Treviso in 2003. Now aged 30 he is likely to play in a fourth Rugby World Cup next year and is a serious contender to become the most capped international rugby player of all time. 

Both Parisse and Sánchez play their rugby for French clubs but Sánchez will not be continuing with Bordeaux-Begles next season. Instead he is on the market for the 2014-2015 season and is expected to then play Super Rugby for the Argentine franchise in 2016. Italy will host Argentina again in November 2014. 

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