irb.com and James Mortimer 05.Sep.2013Getty Images
In a playing career spanning nearly a decade he scored 230 tries, the leading mark in the history of the IRB Sevens World Series and 10 more than Ben Gollings in second place with 220.
"We think that by adding someone with the character and attributes of Santiago Gómez Cora in this role it will help to improve and maximize our systems," said Francisco Rubio, National Director of the Performance Plan of the Argentine Rugby Union.
Gómez Cora has served his apprenticeship as coach of Argentina's women's Sevens team, and is now delighted to accept this new challenge.
"I’m very happy because the UAR has put its trust in me to take on this role," he said.
"It is a great responsibility, not only leading the national team but also building the country's Sevens programme towards the Olympic Games in Rio the Janeiro in 2016.
"Most of the staff that had been working in Sevens will continue as coaches, some in new positions, and I intend to use the experience of Andrés Romagnoli, Marcos Caldo, Nahuel García and Leonardo Gravano, and work together with them.
“We have three big years of work ahead with the World Series as well as the 2013 Odesur Games, the Pan American Games in 2014 and of course the Olympic Games."