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Rugby World Cup: Giant rugby ball 'crashes' into Cardiff Castle

By Benjamin Wright

A giant rugby ball "crashed" in to the walls of Cardiff Castle to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup.

People in the Welsh capital were greeted with the unusual sight ahead of two matches to be played at the Millennium Stadium this weekend.

On Saturday, Ireland take on Canada before Wales' opener against Uruguay the following day.

Although England are the tournament's official hosts, Cardiff will play a key role in Rugby World Cup 2015.

As well as hosting eight games, Cardiff - which is the only non-English host city - will also host a month-long Fanzone. It features big TV screens, entertainment, food and drink as well as rugby activities.

And the sight of a giant rugby ball appearing to have smashed the brickwork at the city's castle has added to the excitement even further.

Wales supporter Matthew Johnson, 23, was on his way to work this morning when he saw the giant installation - made by prop firm Wild Creations.

He said: "It's stopped everyone in their tracks. Everyone was getting their phones out to take a photo.

"It looks so real like an actual massive rugby ball has smashed in to the castle.

"Everyone was excited about the World Cup anyway, but waking up and seeing this surprise has got people proper buzzing."

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