Juan Martin Hernandez, the 26 year old Argentinian, has signed a one year contract to play for The Sharks. His contract with The Sharks will also include a coaching role in The Sharks Academy where he will spend time coaching junior players at grass roots levels.
Article courtesy of www.sharksrugby.co.za.
After six seasons at Stade Francais, winning the Top 14 series in both 2004 and 2006 and reaching the final of the Heineken Trophy Championship in 2005, he now wants to now measure himself against the best in South Africa and the southern hemisphere and sees his move to Durban as his opportunity to experience Currie Cup and Super 14 rugby while he is in the prime of his career.
Hernandez is regarded by many French rugby experts as the most valuable player in the French Top 14 series. “He will be a massive boost to The Sharks backline bringing with him a wealth of international experience and an impressive kicking game,” says Sharks coach John Plumtree.
Hernandez joins a very selective group of Argentinian players who have furthered their careers at The Sharks, namely Jorge Allen (loose-forward, 1982-1983), Federico Mendez (hooker, 1996 & 2002) and Nicolas Miranda (scrumhalf, 2002).
Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl added, “We are excited to have signed such a talented international player and wish him a very successful stay with us in the black and white jersey. Juan is a wonderful rugby player and The Sharks welcome his decision to join us. ”
Full name : Juan Martin Hernandez
Date of birth : 7 August 1982
Place of birth : Beunos Aires, Argentina
Height : 1.85m
Weight : 85kg
Position : Fullback, flyhalf, centre
Club : Stade Francais (2004 – 2009)
Caps : 97
Points : 504
National team : Argentina (2003 – 2009, 32 caps, 83 points)