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Rugby World Cup: Opening ceremony pictures from Twickenham

Published 18/09/2015

A fireworks show during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO/ GLYN KIRK.
A fireworks show during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO/ GLYN KIRK.
Performers surround a giant rugby ball during the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Light and firework show at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
England fans soak up the atmosphere of the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. David Rogers/Getty Images
Artists perform with the Webb Ellis Cup during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS.
Honorary President of England Rugby Prince Harry (L) delivers a speech flanked by Chairman of World Rugby Bernard Lapasset (R) during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS.
Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. David Davies/PA Wire.
Fireworks at Twickenham during the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
A giant mock rugby rugby ball at the opening ceremony for the Rugby World Cup AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
A military band plays before the start of the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
A general view of Twickenham before the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
Former England rugby international Jonny Wilkinson (C) carries the Webb Ellis Cup between crowds prior to the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
People gather prior to the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
England fans will be enjoying the atmosphere as their campaign kicks off
A giant rugby ball on the walls of Cardiff Castle to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup. Benjamin Wright/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) with England Rugby World Cup winner Jason Leonard before a practice rugby match with students at the Haverstock School in Camden, London. John Stillwell/PA Wire.
Waisake Naholo of the All Blacks during a New Zealand All Blacks gym session. Phil Walter/Getty Images.
Scotland's winger Sean Lamont poses after Scotland's official welcoming ceremony at the Gloucester Cathedral LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images.
Japan's full-back Ayumu Goromaru (L) attends a team training session at Brighton College in Brighton AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE.
Wales fullback Liam Williams in action during the Wales kickers practice at Millennium Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.
Italy's prop Martin Castrogiovanni (L) and flanker Samuela Vunisa (C) pose before entering a cryotherapy chamber at the University of Surrey in Guildford.
Australia's fly-half Bernard Foley (R) attends a team training session at the University of Bath.
One of a selection of eight stamps which have been launched to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Royal Mail/PA Wire.
Workers set up the structure for a giant rugby ball on the pitch of the Twickenham Stadium, west London ahead of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup.
Italy's flanker Mauro Bergamasco poses after a press conference.
Joe Tomone (R) sits with his team mates during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Australia Welcome Ceremony.
One of a selection of eight stamps which have been launched to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Royal Mail/PA Wire.
Captain Chris Robshaw of England passes the ball during the England Captain's Run on the eve of the opening Rugby World Cup 2015 match against Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 17, 2015 in London. David Rogers/Getty Images.
Rugby World Cup 2015 ambassador Jonah Lomu alongside 100 volunteers including the Ngati Ranana London Maori Club, perform the Ka Mate haka in Covent Garden, London. Tom McGovern/Handout/PA Wire.

The Rugby World Cup began when England took on Fiji in the first game of the tournament.

But before that, there was the obligatory opening ceremony to get through.

Rugby World Cups might not be renowned for their opening ceremonies in the way events such as the Olympics are, but with English rugby given an opportunity to impress with the world looking on, it was quite a show at Twickenham...

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