England launch their home World Cup at Twickenham on Friday night with dangerous sevens specialists Fiji looking to cause a stunning upset. Here Press Association Sport looks at the hosts' opening matches in each of the seven previous editions of the tournament.
1987, Sydney: Australia 19 England 6
Some of the greats of English rugby played in the inaugural tournament, but the likes of Dean Richards, Peter Winterbottom and Rory Underwood were given a bloody nose in the opener with David Campese crossing for the Wallabies. Performance mark: 6 (out of 10).
1991, London: England 12 New Zealand 18
The All Blacks' form in the build-up to the defence of their crown had been patchy and England were defeated knowing it was a match they could have won with openside Michael Jones scoring the only try at a sold-out Twickenham. Mark: 5.
1995, Durban: Argentina 18 England 24
The boot of Rob Andrew ensured England avoided an early upset in South Africa, the fly-half kicking six penalties and two drop-goals. England led 15-0 and 18-3 before the rugged Pumas pack led a fightback that ultimately ran out of time. Mark: 6.Tweets by @EnglandRugby
1999, London: England 67 Italy 7
A star was born as Jonny Wilkinson scored 32 points - a national record at the time - in a strong start to the tournament by England. Even more impressive, however, was Wilkinson's outstanding half-back partner Matt Dawson. Mark: 8
2003, Perth: England 84 Georgia 6
Will Greenwood and Ben Cohen scored two tries each as Georgia's line was breached a dozen times. It was a strong performance from Sir Clive Woodward's eventual champions, but Georgia offered limited opposition at Domain Stadium. Mark: 8
2007, Lens: England 28 USA 10
It did not bode well for the defence of their title as England laboured to victory over the USA and while worse was to come in a troubled pool phase, they ultimately reached the final. Jason Robinson, Olly Barkley and Tom Rees scored the tries. Mark: 5
2011, Dunedin: Argentina 9 England 13
The tone was set for one of the lowest periods in English rugby when Martin Johnson's side endured the shakiest of starts to New Zealand 2011 against Argentina, who looked the likely winners until replacement scrum-half Ben Youngs crossed in the 66th minute. Mark: 4