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Hugo Porta : Rugby Union

Hugo Porta (born: 11 Spetember 1951, in Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine Rugby Union football player and is considered as one of the best fly-havles the sport has ever seen. He made his international debut in 1971, playing 58 times for Los Pumas and captaining them on 34 occasions. Porta led the team to the first World Cup in 1987.

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Porta captained Argentina to a famous win over Australia and draws with France and New Zealand. He scored all 21 points against South Africa in 1982. He is one of the only three players to have twice drop-kicked three goals in internationals.

Hugo Porta was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1997.

Why Was He So Good?

Hugo Porta is one of the real legends of rugby. He played for one of the second tier of rugby powers but under his leadership the Pumas came extremely close to breaking through in the late 70s and early 80s. He was the whole fly-half – running and passing skills of Stuart Barnes joint with the uniformity and kicking skills of Rob Andrew. He stood as a huge attacking threat to opposing defenses.

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