Tri Nations 2020: Argentina captain Pablo Matera gives jersey to tearful fan after Wallabies draw

Argentina captain Pablo Matera is fast becoming one of the most popular players in world rugby, with his touching gesture after his side's 15-15 draw against the Wallabies in Newcastle.

A social media video has gone viral, showing Matera giving his game-worn jersey to an emotional fan, who burst into tears in the presence of his idol. 

Afterwards, Argentina's players went around the stadium to thank their supporters for turning out and for one young fan, seeing his heroes up close was overwhelming. 

As Matera approached the fan and hugged him, the boy started crying and couldn't believe his luck. 

Then, in a moment of brilliance, Matera took off his jersey and gave it to his admirer to a round of applause from the Argentinian fans. 

A Twitter video was viewed more than 100,000 times in just three hours. 

Matera was praised for his influential performance last weekend during Argentina's historic 25-15 win over the All Blacks. 

He also received praise for his leadership, when a scuffle broke out in the opening minutes of last week's test. 

Referee Angus Gardner pulled him aside and asked him to show some leadership. Matera's response left the rugby world speechless.

"They're kicking my guys," he said. "They show no respect."

Matera then pointed to the badge on his chest and said: "I play for my country."

Argentina are back in action next weekend against the All Blacks in New Zealand's final test of the year. 

Saturday's drawn test sees all three Tri Nations teams on six points, with Ian Foster's men on top, due to a superior points differential. 

Join us next Saturday for live updates of the All Blacks v Argentina Tri Nations test