After the team announcement, Mario Ledesma spoke at a press conference in the run-up to the match against the All blacks and referred to Nicolas Sanchez, who will start after recovering from his injury.
“What of Nico is a hit he had on the Wales tour. A study was never done on him, he was bothering him, especially in the second game against the Springboks. He asked us to do the study. We did a physical test to see how he was, hit in that place and other things, luckily it is the left leg and not right and passed the test”, Assured Ledesma when explaining the evolution of the opening throughout the week.
“It is important for everyone because it breaks the record of Agustín Creevy and also we all remember last year”added the head coach. In the last game against Springboks, Sánchez equaled the 79 presences in the selected team that the hooker owns and now will remain with the absolute record. And what of 2020, in the historical win against New Zealand 25-15 for the first time in history, what happened to Sánchez was key, as he scored 25 points with a try, the conversion and six penalties.
At the same time, the coach has a “Plan B” in case the Tucuman cannot continue on the field of play for any reason; “The idea is that Boffelli stop opening. Emi is fine, she’s great. It is something that we have been talking with him since 2018. In some game he stopped as an opening or second pitcher. Generally the one that replaces the opening is two places, it is 10 or 15. In New Zealand there is Damian McKenzie who can play 10 or 15 ”, he explained.
Finally, Ledesma closed: “Rugby is increasingly going towards those players that you have on the bench and who can cover you more than one position. We also have other players that we have been talking about for a long time, which is Santiago Carreras who is unfortunately injured. I find it very interesting to launch players who can stand in that place and more so with Boffelli who is a world class player ”, he concluded.