The greatest hookers of all time: Mario Ledesma

first_imgMario Ledesma spearheaded a golden generation that catapulted Argentinian rugby into the global consciousness. Once the beating heart of the Puma pack, Ledesma is one of the greatest hookers of all time Four years later, another knockout defeat to eventual champions – New Zealand triumphing 33-10 in the quarter-final – signalled Ledesma’s last appearance. His 84 Tests make him Argentina’s most capped hooker and fourth most capped Puma overall.Making way for Agustin Creevy at Eden Park, Ledesma began to cry. There was almost certainly a streak of sadness, but phenomenal pride too. Major teams: Curupatyi, Narbonne, Castres, Clermont
Country: Argentina

Test span: 1996-2011
Argentina caps: 84 (67 starts)

Test points: 15 (3 tries)Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu might seem an odd choice to present a shrewd depiction of Mario Ledesma’s character, not least because he was only ten when the Argentinian made his Test debut against Uruguay in 1996.However, in describing the nature of Ledesma’s set-piece sessions with the Waratahs – where the former Puma acted as a consultant coach under Michael Cheika – Kepu encapsulates the passion and enthusiasm that filled his mentor’s blue and white jersey.“At training we have one-minute scrums. He’s crawling in and out underneath us. We’re thinking, ‘Geez, if this comes down, you’re crushed.’ But that’s the trust he’s instilled in us.”You could argue that Ledesma’s faith in the stability of an Australia scrum may be misplaced. However, what was undeniable during the hooker’s playing days was similarly unreserved commitment. ‘Super Mario’ earned his charming nickname with a remarkable World Cup record, playing in 18 matches at four tournaments between 1999 and his retirement in 2011. His career also took him to the Top 14 and he started for Clermont in the successful final of 2010, still les Jaunards’ sole league title.One of many natural leaders in his generation – he captained the side against Japan on just his 15th cap – Ledesma was often seen with tears pouring down his cheeks during the national anthem.In fact, such emotion became a hallmark of the 2007 World Cup, where Argentina beat hosts France, Ireland and Scotland before succumbing in the semi-final to South Africa. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players Argentina’s Mario Ledesma last_img read more

‘Malcolm & Marie’ director reveals origins of buzzy film

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The global pandemic was not about to stop filmmaker Sam Levinson without a fight, literally. The creator of HBO’s “Euphoria” found his hit series shuttered so he pivoted to writing and directing “Malcolm & Marie,” a film about an epic lovers’ quarrel starring John David Washington and Zendaya. Set in a luxury California beach house, Washington’s Malcolm, an up-and-coming director, and Zendaya’s Marie, an out-of-work actress, have returned after a party where his film has premiered to rapturous applause. But he forgot to thank Marie and that leads to an outpouring of simmering grievances. “Malcolm & Marie” debuts on Netflix on Friday.last_img

NBD Flag Wavers celebrate 20 years at Award Ceremony

first_img Tweet NBD Flag Wavers. On Saturday, March 31st, the NBD Flag Wavers held an Award Ceremony to celebrate their 20th anniversary and to recognize special contributions to the group. The group expressed thanks to the Cultural Division for its unwavering support, and to the National Bank of Dominica Ltd, who has been their sponsor for over eight years.According to the Head of the Cultural Division, Mr. Raymond Lawrence, it is a rare occurrence for a group to last that long, and that the group should be congratulated on this achievement. NBD’s Marketing Manager, Suzanne Piper, attributed the group’s longevity to the dedication of its leaders and urged the group to stay committed. Among the various awards given, members received recognition for spirit, energy, technique and versatility. An active leader of the group, Kristelle Fagan described the evening as surreal. “We have many talented young people and we had a very successful season and it was appropriate to celebrate our success.” Ms, Fagan commented.She went on to express that the NBD Flag Wavers was not only a performance group but was a family and she was honoured to contribute to the positive development of these young ladies. The NBD Flag Wavers has been a main feature at several Carnival and Independence activities over the years and continues to provide a creative avenue for dance expression among Dominica’s female youth.Press Release Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews NBD Flag Wavers celebrate 20 years at Award Ceremony by: – April 6, 2012center_img 60 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more