You don’t have to go too long. 2 years at most and meet a young man Santiago Chocobares that entered the preseason of Jaguares commanded by Gonzalo Quesada. If someone at the entrance on that hot January morning told you that in 2 years they would debut in Los Pumas, I was going to beat the All Blacks and he was going to Toulouse and win the Top 14Surely the Santa Fe would look at him and would have laughed out loud.
In 2018 he left Los Pumitas and in 2019 joined Jaguares where he just added his first matches in 2020. There were 5 until the pandemic said enough. The center summoned by Mario Ledesma to play the Rugby Championship surprised being a starter against no less than New Zealand. There came his first great feat, in his debut beat the All Blacks 25-15 for the first time in history, in the remembered afternoon at the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.
It was one of the revelations and he was present again in the tie against Australia in Newcastle 7 days later. The former Duendes left a good impression and with the exile of players abroad before the departure of Jaguares from Super Rugby, the former Pumita was in the sights of the New Zealand Blues. The bureaucracy did not allow it and he stayed to play in Jaguares XV where he made 3 presentations in the team that would later become SLAR champion.
On April 29, Toulouse announced with fanfare that the player who emerged in Pampas de Rufino it was the new acquisition as joker medical until the end of the season. Ten days later he had his presentation on the field of play nothing less than in the classic against Toulon. The reds lost but Chocobares began to be a repeated face in the titular cast.
He played 6 games and had the luxury of saying present as a starter in the final on Friday against La Rochelle who champion of the Top 14. He joined the privileged list of Argentines who made the Olympic lap in France, enjoying being 1 of the 23 players who managed to beat New Zealand.
He also had to live closely the consecration of his team in the Champions Cup, where his compatriot Juan Cruz Mallía supported a try in the final. But although Chocobares was with the group the day his teammates lifted the European trophy, he did not add minutes in the competition. At only 22 years old, the future of Santiago Chocobares has no ceiling and luckily, he is Argentine.