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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Juan Martin Hernandez crunching hit for Stade Francais

Juan Martin Hernandez crunching hit for Stade Francais

This crunching tackle from Argentinian and Stade Francais legend Juan Martin Hernandez comes to us by way of one of our regular contributors, who remembered seeing the hit, then dug up the footage to share it with the you, the Rugbydump regulars.

After joining the line in midfield, Harlequins left wing Simon Keogh is dealt with in no uncertain terms when he gets flattened by Hernandez during this Heineken Cup pool match from January this year.

Hernandez is widely regarded as one of the most talented and exciting players playing rugby today. He is as skilled as they come, and regularly has the crowd ooohing and aaahing with this memerising displays of running, kicking, and passing genius.

It's great to see that on defense, the Argentinian legend in the making can hold his own aswell, putting in one of the biggest and best textbook hits we've seen all season.

Posted at 5:45 pm | 38 comments

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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PortugueseFan May 07, 2008 4:19 pm

Maybe you could post that stupid hit of Mealamu on McCaw during the great game between the Crusaders and Blues, two weeks ago, in Christchurch.

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Remy May 07, 2008 4:52 pm

niiiice one! you see how he enjoyed it!

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Anonymous May 07, 2008 5:00 pm

This guy is great in defense.I remember against Leicester when he put in a massive try saving tackle in the corner against Tuilagi - who ain't no leight weight himself!

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Anonymous May 07, 2008 5:53 pm

must suck being hit that hard by some one dressed in pink :P lmao.

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bD May 07, 2008 6:37 pm

EHEM i happen to own one of those pink jerseys anonymous above.....and i must say the ladies love them :)

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Frenchy May 07, 2008 7:00 pm

yes, the ladies do love the pink Stade Francais jerseys. and that was an awesome hit btw.

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AbbyNo7 May 07, 2008 7:46 pm

Boom!!! That was a hit and a half. Textbook which is always great to see. Power through the legs and not just the upper body. Great Stuff.

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Anonymous May 07, 2008 8:10 pm

best jersey ever

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Eric May 07, 2008 9:07 pm

Great hit!! Hernandez will for sure be one of the best in the years to come

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minstrel boy May 07, 2008 9:11 pm

so is he coming to leicester or not?

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flnker May 07, 2008 10:02 pm

*gayest jersey ever

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Cheyanqu May 08, 2008 12:14 am

^--referring to Silvina..I guess there is one of those women that loves the pink jerseys....As for the hit.. WOW.. Arm came in a little high -- I think most other hits would see it ride right up into the ball carrier's head.Maybe JM Heranandez has been watching all the Jason White videos posted here!

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Asterix May 08, 2008 1:33 am

WTF type of woman would like a man dressed up in a bright pink jersey?How long have they worn that gay outfit? they look ridiculous.

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Don May 08, 2008 4:32 am

Yeh great hitBut that pink jersey always trips me...wut can i say? they're frenchLMAO!

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Anonymous May 08, 2008 12:54 pm

"must suck being hit that hard by some one dressed in pink"I kno for a fact that you LOVE those jerseys, in fact is it not the flowery one you prefer jono?lmao!!!

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martin May 08, 2008 1:31 pm

gay, lol. how insecure r u?

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Cheyanqu May 08, 2008 1:41 pm

Stade's owner knows that not only does cheesecake, but so does beefcake, hence the jerseys and the Dieux calendars

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Sharky May 08, 2008 2:02 pm

It's all about marketing fellas. Apparently since turning to the 'gay' pink, Stade have made a huge turnaround in terms of merchanside income, as well as in popularity. Correct me if I'm wrong, but they seem to have that pink one, a grey one with pink flowers, then a blue one with flowers too? Very cool designs I think. But yes, funny getting nailed by someone in pink, and I don't mean Brokeback nailed either.

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Anonymous May 08, 2008 2:08 pm

nice, argentina rugby very good progress

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bD May 08, 2008 6:45 pm

sharky....yes thats correct alternative grey with flowers...home blue with flowers and away pink.........well thats their jersey range im just not sure with the alternative away stuff. also yeh its all marketing but i have to say i dont like the calender lol!

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Cheyanqu May 08, 2008 11:49 pm

bd said... "i have to say i dont like the calender lol!"I guess we now know that BD doesn't stand for "B and D"

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Asterix May 09, 2008 12:26 am

Ja but Sharky you must admit........

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Anonymous May 09, 2008 2:48 pm

Thanks for the link Silvina, can you guys stick it up as a video in its own right? This is fantastic. For my money, the best player is the world.http://videos.stade.fr/video/iLyROoafYZC2.html

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bD May 12, 2008 9:04 pm

Cheyanqu its my initials thanks very much

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Anonymous May 13, 2008 4:37 am

He is the best player theses days!!28 points last weekend,and he's great in defense too!Is he moving to Leicester next season?

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Anonymous May 13, 2008 4:42 am

cheyanqu said"Maybe JM Heranandez has been watching all the Jason White videos posted here!"So??? Who cares!! This guy is great!! Even if he wears pink jerseys..

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Anonymous May 13, 2008 3:28 pm

Juan Martin Hernandez wants to play with The Leicester Tigers, thanks God they had won to the Harlequins last Saturday, now they must beat Gloucester. Marcelo Loffreda's situation was and still is complicate. He needs JMH in Leicester, but it happens that "The Boss" Max Guazzini, the guy who only chooses good lucking players, sometimes wonderful as well, don't want to let him go, unless he receives the most good looking player from The Tigers and millions of pounds. I hope that JMH will be out from Stade like Agus Pichot did before Max ask him for something more!!!!!!

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Anonymous May 13, 2008 3:30 pm

Sorry I mean fucking good looking players not lucking.Apologies.

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silverine May 13, 2008 6:04 pm

Anonymous said... Juan Martin Hernandez wants to play with The Leicester Tigers, thanks God they had won to the Harlequins last Saturday, now they must beat Gloucester. Marcelo Loffreda's situation was and still is complicate. He needs JMH in Leicester, but it happens that "The Boss" Max Guazzini, the guy who only chooses good lucking players, sometimes wonderful as well, don't want to let him go, unless he receives the most good looking player from The Tigers and millions of pounds. I hope that JMH will be out from Stade like Agus Pichot did before Max ask him for something more!!!!!!Yes,indeed!!!Anyway, Stade Franais is not playing the best nowadays because among the injured ones( many),they can't find the right one to replace Pichot. They need Juan to win the matches! If they let him go , they're screwed!

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Anonymous May 13, 2008 6:56 pm

If Ewen McKenzie gets the coaching job at Stade Francais, he'll join a rugby club as flamboyant off the field as it is on it.Much like I did, Ewen has an opportunity to join the French side after being shown the door by his Super 14 team. On a Sunday night in 2000, the Reds told me my services were no longer required. A week later, I found myself addressing players on a Parisian field, despite the fact I didn't know a word of French.To say it was a culture shock is an understatement. The language barrier, the length of the season and the French lifestyle are all very different to what I was used to, but I soon learned Stade Francais also like to do things a little differently.Team owner Max Guazzini is a flamboyant entrepreneur with a very interesting history. A lawyer by trade, Max was a pop singer who had a hit in the mid 1970s - and knows absolutely nothing about rugby. It doesn't stop him from interviewing every player that comes to the club and having the final say on recruitment, he loves his players and he is extremely jealous about them, he own the players. But Max is no fool and fully expects to win. And he certainly is a character.I've been to a few pre-season camps in my day, but Stade Francais are the first to hold theirs in Cannes, on the Riviera, with Monte Carlo just up the road. On one occasion, Max and the players were socialising after a hard day's training. When a player (Ignacio Corleto) was getting a little amorous with a lady at the open-air disco, I joked his behaviour may not have been totally professional. Max leaned in and whispered to me: "John, there is sex, and there is love - do not confuse the two." I hope the player took that advice!Stade Francais are also well known for their attire. In 2000, it was white socks, red pants, and iridescent blue jerseys with lightning bolts on them. They have now graduated to pink jerseys with hibiscus flowers. You can't miss them!Equally as famous is the Stade Francais calendar. It first came out seven or eight years ago and featured the players, oiled up and wearing very little. I can already see Ewen reclining on a couch wearing nothing but a smile and a strategically placed mini football! But all jokes aside, it is a huge seller throughout Europe and continues to be a cash cow.Max is fanatical about the team and will give it every chance to succeed. Max has revived the club. After claiming their last premiership in the 1908, Stade Francais finally won another one 90 years later with Max at the helm. He's transformed it from a lower-tier team to one of the glamour clubs in Europe.If Ewen gets the job, his sole focus will be coaching - Max will ensure he has all the tools, sponsors and infrastructure to succeed. But while he'll be at every home game, it's unlikely they'll see him at away fixtures because he doesn't like to fly. Although he is an eccentric character, Max has the players' full respect.I was fortunate that I tasted success in my two-year stint at the club, but I've seen the other side of Max as well. When we got beaten in the European Cup final after the bell, Max was distraught, as we all were. He took it hard. He went into hiding and wasn't seen for six or seven days.One thing Ewen won't want to experience is a home loss - it is a real loss of face. On one occasion when Stade Francais were playing Perpignan, the supporters tried to tip our bus over on the way to the ground. So Ewen, if you do get the Stade Francais job, a great adventure awaits. Bon voyage!

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rugbyfreak May 13, 2008 7:12 pm

very big hit there from JM Hernandez...

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TheFullback June 20, 2008 4:40 pm

Now THATS a tackle...! He's not exactly the biggest guy either, that makes it even better lolHere, lets put this to bed once and for all. Which is best?:a) Brown jersey with pink flowersb) Navy jersey with pink flowersc) All pink???????????????????

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Anonymous August 23, 2008 2:27 am

he is the best player because he mixes the best kick a wonderful defense and he has the best play with hands (im sorri for my english)vamos argentina!!

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Anonymous August 25, 2008 6:53 pm

Hernandez is a great player in attack and defendce (guess that's something obvious with this video) But sometimes he makes really shitty passes.Referring to the jerseys: I prefer the pink ones to the blue ones or the ones with the brown shit color. NO, I'M NOT GAY. Their designer is

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Anonymous August 25, 2008 7:53 pm

what is everyone talking about, their tops are amazing

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Joony August 26, 2008 11:33 am

I love the pink. Back in school we almost got pink rugby tops for a tour haha. Awsome tackle i must say.

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Anonymous September 04, 2008 3:11 pm

navy with pink flowers Good hit from the skinny fella

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Skiggath September 06, 2008 6:45 am

Can we see more of the Stade Francais??? I just want to see our Bergamasco brothers tearing it up...

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