Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe hails "fantastic" World Cup for Argentina

Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe of Argentina makes a lineout call during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina at McLean Park on September 6, 2014
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Argentina's Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe tells Sports Mole that his side have enjoyed a "fantastic" World Cup campaign following their fourth-place finish.

Argentina back-row Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe has described his side's performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup as "fantastic".

The Pumas were condemned to a fourth-place finish courtesy of a 24-13 defeat to South Africa in the bronze-medal match on Friday evening, but they won many admirers along the way.

Daniel Hourcade's side have undergone a change of style in recent years, as demonstrated by their position as the second-highest scorers of both points and tries at the tournament, behind only New Zealand in each category.

Lobbe acknowledged that his side had fallen short of the ultimate dream of a place in Saturday's final, but believes that his side can be proud of their achievements in England.

"It's tough to analyse it at this moment. I think overall it's been a fantastic World Cup for us," he told Sports Mole.

"We wanted to play [in the final], our dream got shortened by the great Australian team, but I think we brought some enjoyment to the people and we gave everything we had for the jersey. There are no regrets and that's a good feeling to have."

Lobbe's appearance against the Springboks was his 71st and final international Test match.

All Blacks coach and selector Steve Hansen during the New Zealand All Blacks squad announcement at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 20, 2013
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