Rugby, Nacho Brex: “Tackles and defense. That’s how Italy grows”

Rugby, Nacho Brex: “Tackles and defense. That’s how Italy grows”
Rugby, Nacho Brex: “Tackles and defense. That’s how Italy grows”

The blue center born in Argentina will have his derby on Saturday: “Their bodies, it’s nice to challenge them”

Simone Battaggia

November 10
– Milano

“I hope I have a few minutes to demonstrate what I can do,” said Ignacio Brex in January, when he still didn’t know if Franco Smith would call him up for the Six Nations. Since then “Nacho” has always been the starting center of Italy, in the Six Nations – with France from 12, then always from 13 – like Saturday against New Zealand, and in all likelihood it will also be so on Saturday in Treviso against Argentina .

Great tackler? Of course. But the 29-year-old from Buenos Aires is much more. “Also a great striker, an organizer, a leader” sums up Andrea Masi, who has been training him in Treviso since this year. Against the All Blacks he was among the best in the field, metronome of the Azzurri defense in the open game, very fast at stealing time and space from the All Blacks to cage them and lead them to error. Of the seven goals scored by New Zealand, only two have arrived in the wider spaces. “We have only suffered three line breaks (the” line breaks “that sow panic in the defense, ed.) While they averaged 13 throughout the Rugby Championship – he attacks the Benetton trocar -. This is the positive aspect. The fact remains that we got 47 points.

Was it difficult to go from the defense of Paul Gustard in Treviso to that of Marius Goosen in blue?

“No. Those fast climbs are the same as we did with Marius last year at Benetton. Gustard has an even more aggressive approach, Goosen’s line is perhaps more cohesive.”

Masi defines her as “an organizer”, both in attack and in defense. Can you explain?

“The task of the centers is also to help openness in managing the game. This also means placing the forwards in the line, telling them where to stay”.

Do you see any changes compared to the Six Nations 2021?

“The most important change concerns the mental aspect, the attitude. So far we have only played one game, let’s see, we will have to be continuous”.

Saturday will find the Pumas. You played with Argentina under 20, with Argentina XV and with Seven. Emotions?

“First of all, I hope to be on the pitch. Having said that, I am a calm person, I have a calm approach to matches, not nervous. There will be some emotion, but above all I think it will be fun to find some former teammates.”

“From Montoya to Gallo, from Lavanini to Petti, Matera, De la Fuente, Moroni. Almost all of them”.

Was there a moment when you chose between Argentina and Italy?

“No, because when I left Buenos Aires at the age of 24 to come to Viadana, there I closed the book of my past and opened another page. I no longer thought of two options. Now I’m here, thankfully”.

Did he have an idol among the Pumas?

“Felipe Contepomi. Attack, defense, magic, everything. I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t like it.”

Ci presents i centri De la Fuente e Moroni?

“Moroni is the second center and loves defense, he is an athlete who attacks the line with courage. De la Fuente is more complete, a little playful and a little ball carrier. They have thirty years, great experience.”

“Physics. They will focus on that and on the pace of play, because they are good with the ball, they have played the Championship and have grown a lot”.

“It will be battle. Welcome.”

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