Jaguares legend Hernandez retires from playing rugby




Argentina and Jaguares Super Rugby star Juan Martin Hernandez has announced his retirement from playing Super Rugby and international rugby.

Thirty-five-year-old Hernandez known as “El Mago” – the Magician in Argentina suffered a knee injury playing for the Jaguares last month which has convinced him to retire.

Hernandez is widely regarded as one of Argentina’s greatest ever players announced his retirement from professional rugby in a French press interview published on Tuesday.

“The cruciate ligaments aren’t affected but it’s very painful and the demands of Super Rugby don’t allow me to play in this competition diminished,” the Jaguares player told Midi Olympique.

“So I’ve decided to stop playing rugby. There you go, it’s finished.”

“I didn’t want to have any regrets, I think I wanted the end to come on a rugby field,” added Hernandez.

In the 2007 Rugby World Cup Hernandez was one of the stars of the tournament and helped the Pumas reach the third place play off.

Hernandez played 74 times for Argentina and was most at home in the No.10 jersey but also played at centre and fullback.

The Pumas star won two Top 14 titles in France with Stade Francais and also played for Racing 92 and Toulon.

When asked in the interview about whether he would take up a career in coaching he said, “First of all I’ll take six months off for me and my children.”

“I’m going to be a normal father, taking the little ones to school in the morning and collecting them in the evening.”

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