The captain of the Spanish rugby team at seven, Paco Hernandez, announced on Tuesday his retirement from professional rugby, after playing almost 300 international matches with the Spanish team.
“The time has come to end my sports career as a professional rugby player. It is a decision that sooner or later comes to everyone and it is not easy to decide when. I decide now that it is my time, ”Hernández said in a farewell letter released by the Spanish Rugby Federation.
Hernandez, who was part of the Spanish team that played the Rio 2016 Olympics, ended his sports career after playing a total of 295 international matches with the “Lions 7s”. A figure only exceeded by Ignacio Martin Goenaga, with 358 “caps”, and the current Spanish rugby coach to seven, Pablo Feijoo, which adds 325 international meetings.
Paco Hernandez, 31, played with the Spanish team in addition to the Rio Olympics a total of 26 tournaments of the World Rugby Seven Series, 8 series of European championship, as well as 5 other international tournaments.
“I have had the opportunity and the responsibility to lead a project as demanding as is the Spanish Rugby team 7. I have always done it under my personal values of work, humility and perseverance, which I have tried to impregnate in our Selection “Hernández assured in his farewell letter.
The player of Motril He wanted to thank in his farewell the support and treatment received throughout his career by all the clubs in which he has played and the Spanish Rugby Federation, as well as all the selectors and coaches with whom he has worked.
Equally, Paco Hernandez He had words of gratitude for all the players with whom he has shared the field.
“I wanted to thank all the players with whom I have shared the field, both in my team and on the contrary, without them I would not be who I am. I especially wanted to thank my family, since without their unconditional support I would not be able to write these lines today, ”Hernández concluded.
The Spanish Rugby Federation, who announced that the former captain of the “Lions 7s” will receive “the farewell he deserves as soon as the circumstances allow it”, Hernández wanted to wish “good luck” in his next challenges.
“From the Spanish Rugby Federation we wish Paco good luck in his next challenges, in which surely” he will not spare a drop of sacrifice “ just as he has done throughout his playing career.