Wednesday, December 17, 2014

International Rugby: Juan Fernández Lobbe wins El Olimpia

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Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe won rugby's biggest award in Argentina - the Premio Olimpia de Plata. Him winning the prize is recognition of him being Argentina's leading rugby player in 2014. He was one of three finalists for the rugby award with the others being Nicolás Sánchez and Joaquín Tuculet. While both Sánchez and Tuculet strictly earned their nominations from playing for their country Fernández Lobbe's performances and results for Toulon were also involved. Toulon won both the Top 14 and Heineken Cup earlier in 2014 with Fernández Lobbe being an important player in both campaigns.

Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe previously won the Premio Olimpia de Plata in 2009. Since then winners have been Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga (2010), Patricio Albacete (2011 and 2012) and Marcelo Bosch (2013). Of these players two will not feature in Rugby World Cup 2015 but Juan Martín Hernández will. Hernández won the award three years in a row from 2006-2008.

Now aged 33 year Fernández Lobbe has one more year of test match rugby in him before he retires from international duty after Rugby World Cup 2015. He is going to remain in France and on contract with Toulon which means he will no play for Argentina's Super Rugby team which will debut in 2016. Also confirmed missing are Marcos Ayerza and Marcelo Bosch.

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