FIFA World Cup: How Argentine rugby players celebrated famous victory over France

Argentine rugby players have been sharing how they celebrated their country winning the FIFA World Cup on social media.

The Argentines have been terrorising their French clubmates while others have simply pitched up to training in donning their country’s colours.

The French suffer

France players will have been holding their breath during the penalty shootouts on Sunday evening as many of them had more than just national pride on the line.

After losing a bet with clubmate Bautista Delguy, Clermont and France winger Damian Penaud was forced to wear a classy Argentina jersey today.

Similarly, Castres’ flanker Mathieu Babillot had to post a video of him holding the Argentina flag and singing the national anthem after losing his bet to Benjamin Urdapilleta.


Over in Paris, several teammates filmed Juan Imhoff as he charged around Racing 92‘s training facilities with his Argentina football shirt on. The veteran winger was also spotted waving his flag around.

Celebrations continue in England

While Newcastle Falcons don’t have any French players, that didn’t stop Mateo Carreras and Matias Moroni from celebrating Sunday’s victory by blasting music and singing at the training ground on Monday.

Staying in the Premiership, Gloucester’s Matías Alemanno and Santiago Carreras sported country colours, with Alemanno draping his country’s flag over his shoulders.

Matías Alemanno at Gloucester's training ground. Via Jamal Ford-Robinson.

Matías Alemanno at Gloucester’s training ground. Via Jamal Ford-Robinson.

Other reactions

Another player who will have been celebrating Argentina’s triumph is Springbok playmaker Damian Willemse. The South African posted videos during the game of him enjoying the match while wearing a number 14 Los Pumas jersey, presumably from a swap he made with Emiliano Boffelli.

Maro Itoje reacted to the final, tweeting ‘Messi’ followed by clapping hands emojis and goat emojis.

Agustin Creevy tweeted ‘CAMPEONES DEL MUNDO’, translated to ‘WORLD CHAMPIONS.

Finally, former Pumas scrum-half Agustin Pichot congratulated his countryman, tweeting: ‘That pride!!! What emotion: Players, all the staff Lionel Scaloni and his team, their families; Congratulations on achieving your dream and that of all Argentines. Lionel … what an inspiration for the boys; you are unique, yesterday today and always.’

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