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“Historic” – Cristiano Ronaldo sends message to the Portugal rugby team

Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a message to the Portugal international rugby team after they secured a historic victory against Fiji.

Following the game, global superstar Ronaldo sent a video message to the squad, saying ‘well done’ according to reports in France.

They entered their second Rugby World Cup, 16 years after their first, with few expecting them to disrupt the established nations in Pool C.

However, under former France international Patrice Lagisquet, Os Lobos have entertained and enthralled with their attacking style and now have a World Cup win to celebrate at the eighth attempt.

The team were welcomed by a huge crowd in Lisbon.

They were far from disgraced in losses to Wales and Australia, while they were a missed penalty kick away from defeating Georgia and had to settle for a draw.

Few will begrudge them this success against Fiji, who must regroup before taking on England for a semi-final spot.

Player of the match Nicolas Martins described the win over Fiji as ‘historic’ and ‘the best moment of my life’, while Lagisquet added: ‘It’s incredible, it’s unbelievable, they always find resources I never expect. It is an incredible group, an incredible team, and they are players who are really talented.’


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Caleb Muntz of Fiji kicks the ball out of play and celebrates with team mates the win over England during the Summer International match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on August 26, 2023 in London, England. ( Photo by Phil Mingo/PPAUK )