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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.

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Performers surround a giant rugby ball during the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Performers surround a giant rugby ball during the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

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Light and firework show at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Light and firework show at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

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England fans soak up the atmosphere of the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. David Rogers/Getty Images

England fans soak up the atmosphere of the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. David Rogers/Getty Images

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Artists perform with the Webb Ellis Cup during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS.

Artists perform with the Webb Ellis Cup during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS.

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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.

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.

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. David Davies/PA Wire.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. David Davies/PA Wire.

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Fireworks at Twickenham during the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Fireworks at Twickenham during the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

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A giant mocj rugby rugby ball at the opening ceremony for the Rugby World Cup AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

A giant mocj rugby rugby ball at the opening ceremony for the Rugby World Cup AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

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A military band plays before the start of the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
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A military band plays before the start of the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

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A general view of Twickenham before the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 18, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.

A general view of Twickenham before the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 18, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.

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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 outside Twickenham stadium in south west London on September 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

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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 outside Twickenham stadium in south west London on September 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

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People gather  prior to the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup outside Twickenham stadium in south west London on September 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

People gather prior to the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup outside Twickenham stadium in south west London on September 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

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England fans enjoy the atmosphere

England fans enjoy the atmosphere

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A giant rugby ball on the walls of Cardiff Castle to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 18, 2015. People in the Welsh capital were greeted with the unusual sight ahead of two matches to be played at the Millennium Stadium this weekend. See PA story SPORT Rugby Cardiff. Photo credit should read: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

A giant rugby ball on the walls of Cardiff Castle to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 18, 2015. People in the Welsh capital were greeted with the unusual sight ahead of two matches to be played at the Millennium Stadium this weekend. See PA story SPORT Rugby Cardiff. Photo credit should read: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

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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, where the mayor launched a ?100,000 fund to boost grassroots participation in the sport. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 18, 2015. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/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, where the mayor launched a ?100,000 fund to boost grassroots participation in the sport. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 18, 2015. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Waisake Naholo of the All Blacks  during a New Zealand All Blacks gym session at Lensbury on September 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Waisake Naholo of the All Blacks during a New Zealand All Blacks gym session at Lensbury on September 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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Scotland's winger Sean Lamont poses after Scotland's official welcoming ceremony  at the Gloucester Cathedral  in Gloucester on September 17, 2015, on the eve of the beginning of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup.  AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE
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Scotland's winger Sean Lamont poses after Scotland's official welcoming ceremony at the Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucester on September 17, 2015, on the eve of the beginning of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

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Japan's full-back Ayumu Goromaru (L) attends a team training session at Brighton College in Brighton, on September 17, 2015, on the eve of the opening match of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup.     AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE

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Japan's full-back Ayumu Goromaru (L) attends a team training session at Brighton College in Brighton, on September 17, 2015, on the eve of the opening match of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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 Wales fullback Liam Williams in action during the Wales kickers practice at Millennium Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.

Wales fullback Liam Williams in action during the Wales kickers practice at Millennium Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.

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Italy's prop Martin Castrogiovanni (L) and flanker Samuela Vunisa (C) pose before entering a cryotherapy chamber at the University of Surrey in Guildford, south England on September 16, 2015 2015 aheard of the Rugby Union World Cup which begins on September 18.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
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TOPSHOTS Italy's prop Martin Castrogiovanni (L) and flanker Samuela Vunisa (C) pose before entering a cryotherapy chamber at the University of Surrey in Guildford, south England on September 16, 2015 2015 aheard of the Rugby Union World Cup which begins on September 18. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

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Australia's fly half Bernard Foley (R) attends a team training session at the University of Bath on September 16, 2015, in Bath prior to the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. 
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Australia's fly half Bernard Foley (R) attends a team training session at the University of Bath on September 16, 2015, in Bath prior to the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

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Undated handout photo issued by the Royal Mail of one of a selection of eight stamps which have been launched to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 18, 2015. Royal Mail said the eight-stamp set conveys the excitement and skill of the game. See PA story CONSUMER Stamps. Photo credit should read: Royal Mail/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Embargoed to 0001 Friday September 18 Undated handout photo issued by the Royal Mail of one of a selection of eight stamps which have been launched to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 18, 2015. Royal Mail said the eight-stamp set conveys the excitement and skill of the game. See PA story CONSUMER Stamps. Photo credit should read: Royal Mail/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Workers set up the structure for a giant rugby ball on the pitch of the Twickenham Stadium, west London, on September 15, 2015, ahead of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. Twickenham Stadium will host the Rugby Union World Cup's opening match between England and Fiji on September 18, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

TOPSHOTS Workers set up the structure for a giant rugby ball on the pitch of the Twickenham Stadium, west London, on September 15, 2015, ahead of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. Twickenham Stadium will host the Rugby Union World Cup's opening match between England and Fiji on September 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Italy's flanker Mauro Bergamasco poses after a press conference at hotel the team is taying at in Guildford on September 15, 2015, ahead of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. The 2015 Rugby World Cup starts on September 18.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Italy's flanker Mauro Bergamasco poses after a press conference at hotel the team is taying at in Guildford on September 15, 2015, ahead of the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. The 2015 Rugby World Cup starts on September 18. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

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BATH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15:  Joe Tomone (R) sits with his team mates during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Australia Welcome Ceremony at The Bath Assembly Rooms on September 15, 2015 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images for ER2015)

BATH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Joe Tomone (R) sits with his team mates during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Australia Welcome Ceremony at The Bath Assembly Rooms on September 15, 2015 in Bath, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images for ER2015)

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Undated handout photo issued by the Royal Mail of one of a selection of eight stamps which have been launched to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 18, 2015. Royal Mail said the eight-stamp set conveys the excitement and skill of the game. See PA story CONSUMER Stamps. Photo credit should read: Royal Mail/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Embargoed to 0001 Friday September 18 Undated handout photo issued by the Royal Mail of one of a selection of eight stamps which have been launched to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 18, 2015. Royal Mail said the eight-stamp set conveys the excitement and skill of the game. See PA story CONSUMER Stamps. Photo credit should read: Royal Mail/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  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, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: 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, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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Handout photo dated 16/09/2015 provided by Synergy of MasterCard 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 16, 2015. Photo credit should read: Tom McGovern/Handout/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Handout photo dated 16/09/2015 provided by Synergy of MasterCard 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 16, 2015. Photo credit should read: Tom McGovern/Handout/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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A fireworks show during the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO/ GLYN KIRK.

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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