"When the World Cup ended I thought my career at the Pumas was over" - Sanchez

"When the World Cup ended I thought my career at the Pumas was over" - Sanchez

Los Pumas flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez revealed that he thought his test career was over after Argentina's Rugby World Cup. 

Sanchez scored all of Argentina's points in their 15-25 victory over New Zealand on Saturday as the South American country claimed their first ever win over the All Blacks in their history.


Argentina failed to get out of the pool stages of the 2019 Rugby World Cup after defeats to France and England with 32-year-old Sanchez thinking that he had played his final test match following the disappointment in Japan.

However, he was trusted by Mario Ledesma to lead the side at flyhalf against the All Blacks in Sydney as the Pumas claimed just their fourth win over tier one opposition in their past 37 tests.

“It was a very hard year,” Sanchez said.


“After the World Cup we all had something very strong inside, but the pandemic helped us transform.



“These last four weeks of preparation were spectacular and today it was spectacular. We knew that with our defence they could not advance. We proposed this, we came to win and we are happy.

“Adversity always makes teams stronger. Now in our heads we only have the idea of continuing to grow.”

“When the World Cup ended I thought my career at the Pumas was over, I didn’t think I was going to be able to wear the jersey again, and much less be here.” said after the game. 

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