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Juan Manuel Leguizamón

Juan Manuel Leguizamón (born 6 June 1983) is a retired Argentine rugby union footballer. He played as a flanker and a number eight. Leguizamón last played for the Jaguares, the Argentine side which made its debut in Super Rugby for the 2016 season.

Juan Manuel Leguizamón
Juan Manuel Leguizamon 2015 RWC.jpg
Leguizamón playing with Argentina
v New Zealand at the 2015 WC
Birth nameJuan Manuel Leguizamón
Date of birth (1983-06-06) June 6, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birthSantiago del Estero, Argentina
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb; 229 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker or Number eight
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
SIC
Santiago Lawn Tennis Club
()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–08
2008–11
2011–15
London Irish
Stade Français
Lyon OU
60
66
61
(40)
(30)
(35)
Correct as of 18 August 2015
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Buenos Aires ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016−2019 Jaguares 9 (0)
Correct as of 22 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002
2003–04
2005–2019
Argentina U19
Argentina U21
Argentina


87


(65)
Correct as of 18 September 2019

He first played for Santiago Lawn Tennis Club, playing for San Isidro Club in 2003–04, where he won two URBA championships. He also played for the London Irish (2005–06, 2007–08) in England, and for Stade Français (2008–09, 2010–11) as well as Lyon OU (2011–15) in the Top 14 and Pro D2 leagues of France.

Leguizamón played 87 tests for Argentina from 2005 to 2019, also captaining the team three times in his career.

International CareerEdit

Leguizamón made his debut with Los Pumas in April 2005 in a match against Japan, won 68 to 36 in Buenos Aires. On his debut, he also scored his first try for Argentina. He earned another two caps in July in a Test series against Italy, and then went on to play in three tests matches during November; against South Africa, and coming on as a replacement during the Scotland and Italy fixtures. The following year he played in two tests during the June fixtures at home to Wales and the All Blacks. He also played in games during Argentina's qualification for the 2007 Rugby World Cup and before the quarter finals, Leguizamón dominated the World Cup group stage. This was emphasised with his monstrous work rate during the first game of the tournament against the hosts France. His yellow boots make him easy to spot.[2]

Leguizamón went on to be part of the Argentine squad for three more World Cups, the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Having been supplanted from the starting lineup, by Javier Ortega Desio, during the 2018 Rugby Championship, Leguizamón announced that he would retire from all forms of rugby following the 2019 World Cup.

On October 9th 2019, he played his last test for the Argentine national team, which was a 47–17 win over the United States. Leguizamón finished his career under Head Coach, Mario Ledesma, a former teammate, and finished as the joint second-to-most capped Argentinian player of all time, tied with Felipe Contepomi and second to Agustin Creevy.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Juan Manuel Leguizamón Player Profile - RWC2015". RWC2015. Archived from the original on 2015-09-19.
  2. ^ Juan Manuel Leguizamon International Statistics

External linksEdit