The opener, who had had a dark World Cup, scored all the points in the historic win against the All Blacks.
There is an old adage that assures that “life always gives revenge” and who could verify it in his own flesh was the Tucumán opening man Nicolás Sánchez, who left behind a Japan World Cup with disappointment and when he put on the blue and white again, he shone in the best way: he was the driver and scored the 25 points for Los Pumas in the historic victory for Three nations versus New Zealand.
Owner of a low profile and cultivator of humility, Sánchez handles himself in the same way when it comes to winning or losing: without fanfare and away from conflicts or bombastic statements.
In this match against New Zealand, the 10 emerged from the Tucumán Lawn Tennis Club quarry dressed as a hero and broke the record of points held by Hugo Porta (21) in the tie against the New Zealanders in 1985 in Ferro.
“It is not something that moves me, I take what was the defense and the preparation of all this, which is incredible. It is a pride to represent the country “, he assured Nico, true to his style and avoiding comparing himself to the greatest player in Argentine rugby.
Although Sánchez had already had stellar performances with Los Pumas, this is consecrating and will be forever saved in the history books as a colossal exhibition in which he showed mentality, technique, nobility and also mischief at the time of picking up his own kick on the play of the try when the ball seemed lost.
In addition, in this match to remember the opening calibrated his sights in a millimeter way and scored penalties from positions far away from the axes, showing a impeccable serenity at the time of kicking the sticks.
To that is added that he never gave up the tackle or being in solidarity with his teammates, which allowed him to round off a perfect and seamless match.
As for what his career is, Sánchez is the son of Argentine amateur rugby, which has given so many fruits: as a child he stood out in the youth divisions of Tucumán Lawn Tennis until he had to make his first debut at a very young age.
Then it was part of the first semi-professional experience our rugby had: it was part of the team of Pampas XV who became champion of the Pacific Rugby Cup in 2011: at that time he was just 22 years old.
Those good performances quickly made European rugby clubs look to him and he was Union Bordeaux Bégles -the French team they play for today Guido Petti and Santiago Cordero- who hired him in 2011 to play the Top 14.
Sánchez stayed in Bordeaux until 2014 when he moved on to Toulon, one of the biggest teams in France. There he coincided with Juan Martín Hernández and joined the squad that became champion of the European Champions Cup in the 2014/15 season.
Then Nico joined what was the first Jaguares team led by Raúl Pérez and that in 2016 embarked on the adventure of playing the first Super Rugby.
Sánchez’s years at Jaguares were very good and he left the team in 2018 after qualifying for the playoffs with Mario Ledesma as coach to sign for Stade Francais, a Paris club that throughout its history has had a great imprint of Argentine players.
Sánchez has been in the Parisian team since 2018 and tries to be part of the reconstruction of a team that is great by history, but that in the last tournament has fought relegation.
The opening is not alone at the Stade: he shares a team with Pablo Matera and with Marcos Kremer, in addition to being directed by Gonzalo Quesada, a man much loved by the club (he won the Top 14 in the 2014/15 season and the European Challenge Cup in 2015).
At times, some voices were critical of Sánchez, especially during the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup, but the 10th has just shown that players of his stature and lineage always have something more to give.