23rd September 2015

Rugby World Cup opening weekend

England v Fiji

England were made to work hard by Fiji in their World Cup opener but pulled away in the last 20 minutes to secure a bonus-point win at Twickenham. Two tries from full-back Mike Brown and the impact from the bench saw Stuart Lancaster’s men home despite a disjointed display. Full set of images from the match


Fireworks - England v Fiji

Fireworks are set off from the Twickenham roof as the teams enter the field of play


Api Ratuniyarawa and Anthony Watson - England v Fiji

Api Ratuniyarawa of Fiji and Anthony Watson of England look to claim the ball


Nemani Nadolo - England v Fiji

Nemani Nadolo of Fiji claims the ball in the air to score a try


Jaco Peyper - England v Fiji

Referee Jaco Peyper watches a replay on the big screen, in a match heavily influenced by the TMO


South Africa v Japan

Barely a weekend had passed and already supporters in the Brighton Community Stadium were treated to what would surely be called the game of the World Cup. Japan stunned two-time champions South Africa to cause arguably the biggest upset in rugby union history as Karne Hesketh crossed in the final minute. Full set of images from the match


Schalk Burger - South Africa v Japan

Schalk Burger of South Africa loses the ball after being double-tackled


Handre Pollard - South Africa v Japan

Handre Pollard of South Africa takes on the Japan defence


Celebration - South Africa v Japan

The Japan team celebrate one of the biggest upsets in sport


Crowd - South Africa v Japan

South Africa fans look dejected as Japan supporters celebrate


Samoa v USA

Samoa narrowly overcame USA in their World Cup Pool B encounter in Brighton in a much more scrappy affair than the previous days incredible scenes. Tim Nanai-Williams and Ofisa Treviranus crossed for Samoa, as the Americans were eventually punished for their ill discipline. Full set of images from the match


Siva Tau - Samoa v USA

The USA team look on as Samoa perform the Siva Tau.


Tim Nanai-Williams - Samoa v USA

Tim Nanai-Williams of Samoa claims the ball in the air


Paul Perez - Samoa v USA

Paul Perez of Samoa looks to the ground during a break in play


Alesana Tuilagi

Alesana Tuilagi of Samoa gets past Chris Wyles of the USA


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