As it happened: RWC 2015 opening ceremony

2015-09-18 19:15

All the action from the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.


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18 Sep 20:30  

Thanks for joining us! That was a great ceremony, if a little short!

Be sure to join us for opening match of Rugby World Cup 2015 where England take on Fiji. 

18 Sep 20:23   Truly spectacular!
18 Sep 20:18   Prince Harry has some fans!
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18 Sep 20:16   Do yourself a favour and watch the intro video to the whole ceremony... goosebumps!
18 Sep 20:15   Prince Harry is now delivering a speech to Twickenham. Making particular mention of the 1995 World Cup and our then President Nelson Mandela handing the trophy to Francois Pienaar. 
18 Sep 20:14  
18 Sep 20:13   The William Webb Ellis trophy now been retrieved from inside the giant rugby ball! A truly beautiful trophy it is!
18 Sep 20:12   True Neil, very true!
18 Sep 20:09   Of course, Martin Johnson representing England, gets the biggest cheer of the night!
18 Sep 20:09   Now we have a host of ex-players representing each country and been presented to Twickenham. Shaun Fitzpatrick representing New Zealand and Chester Williams for South Africa!
18 Sep 20:08   More fans at Twickenham!
18 Sep 20:07   'World in Union' now been performed by a host of singers!
18 Sep 20:06   That's one massive rugby ball, I doubt Naas Botha could kick that through the poles!
18 Sep 20:05   Some famous faces in the opening video!
18 Sep 20:04   We are underway Ladies and Gentlemen! Let's see what the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony has in store for us tonight!
18 Sep 19:57   Even David Cameron is caught up in Rugby World Cup fever!
18 Sep 19:54   Rose-tinted glasses for sure! Wonder who they support?
18 Sep 19:50   More English support, this time from Singapore!
18 Sep 19:46   England supporters are out in full-force as one would expect!
18 Sep 19:44   Jonny Wilkinson has his hands on the William Webb Ellis Trophy again, just like he did in 2003!
18 Sep 19:42  

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18 Sep 19:38   The England squad arrive at Twickenham. They will be nervous. They should beat Fiji, but the islanders will certainly be up for it!
18 Sep 19:37   Of course, South Africans cannot wait for tomorrow when the Springboks take on Japan! 
18 Sep 19:36   England's hero from 2003, Jonny Wilkinson arrives at Twickenham to watch the Opening Ceremony and then of course, his beloved England. His drop goal in 2003 is steeped in rugby folklore. 
18 Sep 19:35  

Here are some of the monster players that will feature in Rugby World Cup 2015!

Some massive players on show throughout the various pools. 

18 Sep 19:30  


We are only 30 minutes away from the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup! The excitement is starting to build!

18 Sep 16:46   A few little numbers to get you in the mood for Rugby World Cup 2015
18 Sep 16:25   While you wait for the opening ceremony, why not test your knowledge with our Ultimate Rugby World Cup quiz? 
18 Sep 10:30  

*** The opening ceremony gets underway at 20:00 SA time ***

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