Resilience is the ability of a person to overcome adverse situations and Nicolas Sanchez knows about that. After a fateful World Cup in Japan 2019 and after a tough 2020, the opening of Los Pumas returned to the first national team and had an outstanding performance.
The tucumano was in charge of scoring the first penalty and the first points of The Pumas, after more than 400 days without playing an official match. In total he made six penalties.
As if that were not enough, the player emerged in Tucumán Lawn Tennis, made it clear that his return was not only due to his effectiveness with his foot. Sánchez was seen to be very dynamic on the pitch, making the team play and encouraging himself to play freely. A clear example was the try he scored after throwing a hat and supporting the rival ingoal.
With the 25 points he scored, he laid the foundations for a new record in Argentine rugby by becoming the player who scored the most points for New Zealand. This title was held by Hugo Porta, who had scored 21 points in the famous draw at Ferro in 1985. In addition to being the first player to score all the points in a victory against the men in black since August 20, 2011 when Morné Steyn did so in South Africa’s 18-5 win.
At the end of the game, he himself acknowledged that he believed his time at Los Pumas was over. But life always gives revenge and the back of the Stade Francais knows it perfectly.