Stats breakdown: Facundo Isa

Date published: September 21 2016

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Picking out a recent outstanding performer, this week we take a look at one of the rising stars of Argentine rugby, Facundo Isa, and his performance in Perth.

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Toulon know a talent when they see one, so it's little surprise that after Facundo Isa's breakout moment at the 2013 World Rugby U20 Championship they snapped him up on a two-year contract when he was just 19.

Isa was then capped by Argentina for the first time in 2014 and returned home from France to become a key figure not just for los Pumas, winning 20 caps since then, but now as well in Super Rugby.

It's over the last few weeks though in the Rugby Championship that Isa has gone from promising talent to game-changing star at the back of Argentina's pack.

Isa's high work-rate hasn't gone unnoticed, carrying relentlessly, but anyone can run head-first into the defence. Isa makes breaks – lots of them in fact. And when Argentina have managed to get over the gain line and behind a defence, he has been at the heart of it.

His try against the Wallabies was more traditional, doing enough to power his way to the line from Argentina's maul, but we've become used to seeing Isa show off his speed and power from long-range too.

Those qualities have made him a major asset for the Jaguares and now Argentina, and at the age of 22 his best years are comfortably still ahead of him.

Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Leo Senatore have done Argentina proud in the back row for years, and now it's the turn of Isa along with Pablo Matera and Javier Ortega Desio, amongst others, to pick up the baton. Isa certainly looks up for the challenge.

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