Federico Méndez

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Federico Méndez
Date of birth (1972-08-02) August 2, 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Mendoza, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Head Coach
Current team Mendoza RC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Mendoza RC
Sharks (Currie Cup)
Sharks (Currie Cup)
Mendoza RC
Western Province
Correct as of 26 September 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1990–2004 Argentina 74 (70)
Correct as of 26 September 2007
Teams coached
Years Team
2005–present Mendoza RC

Federico Mendez (2 August 1972, Mendoza), also known as Freddie Mendez is an Argentine rugby union footballer. Méndez played professional rugby in South Africa, England and France. He also played for Mendoza Rugby Club in Argentina and won 74 caps for the Argentina national rugby union team, including appearances at four Rugby World Cups, in 1991, 1995 and 2003.


Playing career[edit]

Méndez started his career with Mendoza RC in his hometown; he made his Argentina debut as a teenager, and was sent off in a match against England for a punch on English lock Paul Ackford in 1990.

Méndez played in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and later played for Sharks in South Africa winning the Currie Cup in 1996.

He played for Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints in England. He won the Heineken Cup in 1998 with Bath (as a replacement)[1] and then in 2000 with Northampton,[2] thus becoming the first player to win the trophy twice. Mendez also won the player of the season award for Northampton Saints in the 1998–99 season.

Méndez then has a spell in France with Bordeaux-Bègles and a second spell with Sharks before returning to Argentina to play for Mendoza RC.

Coaching career[edit]

Méndez announced his retirement from rugby in 2005, but returned to the game later that year for a brief spell as player-coach at Western Province in South Africa. He then went on to coach at his beloved Mendoza RC.

He recently turned down the position of scrum coach for the South African Springboks. He said he could not live with himself if he helped the Boks beat the Argentinian Pumas.

Méndez is currently on the panel of judges for the annual IRB Awards.


  1. ^ "The Third Heineken Cup Final". epcrugby.com. 31 January 1998. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Saints secure historic victory". BBC. 27 May 2000. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 

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