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Incredible scenes at Lisbon airport shows what an impact the Portugal side have had on their nation

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Wednesday Oct 11, 2023

Portugal have exited the World Cup as one of the stand-out underdog sides having taken victory over Fiji, a draw against Georgia, and pushed both Wales and Australia hard. 

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Such is the impact that this side has had on the national pride in their country, thousands of fans turned up at the airport awaiting the team’s arrival. The support and acknowledgment of the great achievements by the Portugal has been shown in these incredible scenes here:


Portugal initially booked their tickets to France following a 16-16 draw with the USA, an upset that shocked the 2031 hosts who had been thoroughly expecting to mark their own challenge in this tournament.

Portugal’s future in the world rugby standings will be watched closely by many fans from around the globe now, as they look to progress from this impressive feat and mimic the likes of Japan who have also grown into genuine tier 1 contenders.

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