Monday, February 9, 2015

Top 14: Nicolás Sánchez to remain at Toulon until June

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French sources are saying that Argentine international fly half Nicolás Sánchez is to remain at Top 14 and European Champions Toulon until the completion of the current season. The Puma had arrived as a medical joker covering Frédéric Michalak but has impressed to the extent that the club has acquired his services until the completion of both the Top 14 and European Rugby Champions Cup. Sánchez is expected to return to Argentina to play for the country's Super Rugby franchise after Rugby World Cup 2015. His signature for Argentina's team is considered as being one of the most important to ensure the team's competitiveness and encourage others to return home.

Capped 30 times by Argentina Nicolás Sánchez has become one of the world's leading international fly halves. Over the course of the past two seasons Sánchez has been starting for his country in the pivotal position and has not only directed play well but has also received praise for his defence. 

The 26 year old from Tucumán is reported to being offered 300,000 a season to be contracted to the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) to play both Super Rugby for the Argentine franchise and international rugby for Los Pumas. His return to Argentina would be the first from players currently in Europe though the UAR has confirmed the signatures of former European based players Pablo Matera , Facundo Isa and Gabriel Ascárate. 

The UAR is currently signing players who will be contracted to the union making them available for international duty at all times as well as playing Super Rugby in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. To date thirteen have signed, of whom all were involved in Argentina's international campaign in 2014. The players to have signed are based in Argentina already and it is expected that a number of European based players will be confirmed over the coming weeks and months. 

In opting to return to Argentina Sánchez is turning down offers from a variety of Top 14 rival clubs. Both Lyon and La Rochelle in addition to Pro d2 leaders, Pau, have been reported as having been interested in capturing the first choice Argentine fly half. 

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