Juan Martin Hernandez rugby player
Juan Martin Hernandez rugby player

Juan Martín Hernández

7th Aug 1982 1.87m/93kg Fly Half

Nicknamed 'El Mago' which translates into the magician, Hernandez is one of Argentina's finest players. He can play anywhere across the back line but made a name for himself at Fly Half and Full Back.

Hernández was one of the key players in the most successful Argentina Rugby World Cup campaign, in France in 2007, when they finished third, having beaten the host nation in a shock opening result in the tournament. While a utility back capable of playing fly-half, centre or fullback it was the pivot position that he preferred.

He became a key figure in the game in helping Argentina bridge the gap from the previous European connection with their game to their involvement with Sanzaar in southern hemisphere Rugby Championship and Super Rugby competitions.

Hernández played six years for Top 14 outfit Stade Français featuring in 123 games. He had a nine-game stint with the Sharks in Durban before returning to France with stints at Racing Metro (75 games) and Toulon (8) before becoming a foundation player for the Jaguares.

While he made his international debut against Paraguay in 2003, in a 144-0 win, he cemented his place in domestic Test matches before making his mark on the international stage during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. He missed the 2011 tournament in New Zealand due to operations on his knee, and he also appeared in the 2015 tournament in England.

Hernández played 74 Tests for los Pumas with his final appearance against Italy in November. He hinted that once he had recovered from his knee injury he might play some games for the club he started out with Deportiva Francisa.

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Career

unnamed (1) Jaguares
Fly Half
2015 - present
sf-blason-210x210 Stade Francais
Fly Half
2003 - 2009
sharks Sharks
Outside Centre
2009 - 2010
logo_racing2 Racing 92
Fullback
2010 - 2014
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Fullback
2014 - 2014
toulon_rugby_logo RC Toulon
Fly Half
2014 - 2015
argentina Argentina
Fly Half
2003 - 2017