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.
Leguizamón playing with Argentina
v New Zealand at the 2015 WC
|Birth name||Juan Manuel Leguizamón|
|Date of birth||June 6, 1983|
|Place of birth||Santiago del Estero, Argentina|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||104 kg (16 st 5 lb; 229 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
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.
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.
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.