Rugby World Cup
Super Rugby will improve Pumas' 2019 World Cup bid -- Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
Tristan Barclay
October 31, 2015
Argentina 13-24 South Africa (Australia only)

Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe insists Argentina's new Super Rugby franchise will make an exciting Pumas side even stronger for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Lobbe was a key man in the Argentina squad that eventually finished fourth at England 2015, claimed the Super Rugby side, which will launch next year as part of an expansion to the southern hemisphere tournament, will help to push the Pumas to new heights because so many internationals have signed up to the project. The likes of Argentina skipper Augustin Creevy and fly-half Nicolas Sanchez have already committed to the as-yet-unnamed side, which will be based in the capital Buenos Aires.

"Definitely, because it's going to be mainly the same team," Lobbe, who will continue to play his club rugby for European heavyweights Toulon in France's Top 14, said when asked if Super Rugby will help the national side.

"They're going to be playing the whole year together, against the best teams. They'll be playing that quick style of rugby that, when the weather is nice, it's suitable to score a lot of tries, and that's the way to win games. If we use it well, it's going to be very helpful for us."

Toulon team-mates Bryan Habana and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe take a lap of honour © Getty Images

Lobbe, who will return to Toulon training on Wednesday, revealed his pride at having been part of a Pumas World Cup campaign that won plaudits for its attacking brand of rugby.

"Overall it's been a great World Cup for us," he said. "We wanted to play tomorrow [in the final] but our dream got shortened by a great Australia team. Overall we brought some enjoyment to the people and gave everything we had to the jersey. At the end of the day, there are no regrets. That's a good feeling to have. We have a more stable structure and a bigger amount of players ready to make that next step. If we keep working and staying humble, things are going to be good."

Argentina took to the field for Friday's third-place play-off against South Africa having made 10 changes to the side that lost to semifinal opponents Australia last weekend. The inexperience appeared to tell, as the Pumas struggled to put any meaningful phases together against their more battle-hardened opponents, but Lobbe said defeat was all part of the learning process.

"We mustn't get ahead of ourselves," he said. "It's going to be very tough, we're going to give it our all, but as we can see from the Rugby Championship and the World Cup, we lost against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, but hopefully we can get to a place where we win more than we lose.

"I hope they can go all the way [at the next World Cup]. That's my dream. That's what we wanted this year, but now with four more years, and most of the team is still going to be there, I just wish they can go all the way."

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