A news that impacted the world of rugby: Héctor ‘Pochola’ Silva died of covid-19. The former player of the Tilos and a symbol in Los Pumas, who participated in the famous tour of the selected team against the Junior Springboks in 1965, was also a source of inspiration for Guillermo Vilas.
The man with the headband, as Pochola was characterized, is the one on whom the former tennis player relied to use his characteristic headband during matches.
A year ago, Willy posted this story on his Twitter account: “They showed me this photo from a book from the 1920s. It’s Australian Gerald Patterson, who won several Grand Slam. He wore a headband! Obviously Bjorn and I didn’t. we invented it. I copied it to the rugby player Pochola Silva and I decided to use it when I saw the Brazilian Thomaz Koch“he wrote in early 2020.
At the same time, another of those who relied on Pochola to wear the headband in his different matches was Serafín Dengra, former Los Pumas player.
Seraph #Dengra, another glory of Argentine rugby, acknowledged that he chose to wear a headband when playing thanks to the fact that #PocholaSilva he also used it. 🇦🇷🐆#PUMASxESPN pic.twitter.com/Z9Gz8guLwF
– ScrumRugby (@ScrumESPN) May 17, 2021