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It’s official!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 27 Jul 2009 at 11:15
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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. ”

PROFILE

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)



29 Comments

  • 85kgs?? :shock:

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.07.09 13:03:18 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : that was my initial reaction. now we have guys complaining about guys not weighing 90 kgs in the sharks team, and here we have paid record amounts for a real lighty.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.07.09 13:06:05 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 2) :

    Wes will give ANYTHING to weigh that again!! :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.07.09 13:28:26 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 2) : this oke has never struggled at test level at that weight… anyway, Cronje only weighs 79

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.07.09 13:30:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 3) :

    lmao

    And don’t you know it girlfriend!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.07.09 13:36:54 by wpw Reply
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  • Shheeeesshh!! 1982?? This guy is Stokoud!! :shock:

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.07.09 13:37:55 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    :wink:

    Dont worry – I am on a diet too… :oops:

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.07.09 13:39:29 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • So, For Stade Francais he average 5.2 points per game and home its about 2 points per game…

    WOW – that is not very impressive for a flyhalf. is it?? :???:

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.07.09 13:43:25 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Has anyone heard about Ruan’s injury yet? :???:

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.07.09 13:47:30 by klempie Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 8) : Freddy also didn’t average a lot, but man could he play, and a Frenchman I spoke to reckons Freds on the bench these days, while el Mago is one of the top players in France and a better player by his reckoning.

    Let’s see what he does this weekend.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.07.09 13:48:12 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 8) : he probably isn’t the primary goal kicker

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.07.09 13:50:18 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 10) :
    @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 11) :

    i was just shocked – would have expected any flyhalf’s average to be a bit higher – not pinpointed on him alone..or should i say – a generelisation on Flyhalf’s is to score points and that’s why I was so surprised – get what I mean?

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.07.09 13:57:07 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Seriously, anyone that thinks that Hernandez is anything short of spectacular and one of the very best 10s in the world did not watch Argentina play in the last RWC. He was by far the best 10 at the RWC, has been superb getting his line away for both country and club teams since the RWC. This is nothing short of a huge signing for the Sharks, and all this in an 85 kg package…..anyone complaining about his size has not watched him play much, because after watching him in the RWC, the last thing that came to my mind was his lack of size.

    To be honest, I am a little bit surprised there are some Sharks supporters that is questioning this signing, I wonder if they are more concerned at the Sharks inability to produce a true 10 since Butch rather than questioning Hernandez’ ability. I am so glad Ruan gets to play Super 14 rugby with him next year.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.07.09 14:03:21 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 9) : Ruan Pienaar and Jean de Villiers should be back for South Africa’s Tri-nations match against New Zealand on Saturday after injury scares, team doctor Craig Roberts said on Monday.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.07.09 14:05:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) :

    Add Adi Jacobs and Andries Bekker to that list!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.07.09 14:08:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) : :cool:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.07.09 14:11:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : Sweet!

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.07.09 14:19:55 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Reminds me of Breytie :razz:

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.07.09 15:51:22 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • well im 95kgs and 3 years older than him :razz: then again, im not playing rugby and ive got a beer belly

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.07.09 16:43:37 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • The Bulls management denied reports of the Du Plessis brother moving to Pretoria :shock: they can have Jannie

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.07.09 17:23:27 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 20) : those two go everywhere together

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.07.09 17:53:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.07.09 18:12:48 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • this is good news, sharksrugby even have a picture of jmh in training, good stuff

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.07.09 20:40:34 by war1 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : he plays for argentina! how many times did they win against boks – zero.
    But if there is a place for Gio Aplon in CC :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.07.09 21:05:24 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 12) : let’s stop generalising – it’s enough to look at OUR flyhalf :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.07.09 21:08:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 20) : i would keep Jannie – he is a lucky charm for CC.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.07.09 21:10:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 26) : he does seem to have a knack, doesn’t he?

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.07.09 21:31:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : maybe if one of the smaller unions signs him, we can see if he really has it :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.07.09 21:53:50 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 28) : watch him go to griquas :-)

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.07.09 22:50:43 by robdylan Reply
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