Rugby World Cup underway at last

The Rugby World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events on the planet and fans around the world were licking their lips when the tournament began on September 9th.

The first match saw the hosts and tournament favourites, New Zealand, demolish Tonga 41 - 10, scoring six tries in the process.

The mighty All Blacks certainly laid down to a marker to the rest of the teams in the competition, although there's a few countries that will fancy their chances of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup this year.

France have never managed to win the Rugby World Cup, but they're always a dangerous team. They've been beaten in the final twice before and will be determined to put that right this year. Their first match was against Japan and they ran out comfortable winners with the final score 47 - 21.

England always seem to click at World Cups and they will be delighted to have beaten Argentina in their opening game. Their rugby may not have been at it's flowing best, but Argentina are a tricky team to play against. A hard-fought victory was reflected in a close 13 - 9 scoreline.

South Africa and Australia are two heavyweights in the rugby world and have won 4 out of the 6 Rugby World Cups between them. Victories over Wales and Italy respectively will have given them the confidence they need to launch another assault on this year's competition.

And Ireland tasted victory over the USA in their opening fixture. They'll need to improve if they want to make their first World Cup final, but in Declan Kidney, they have a coach who knows how to get the best out of his players.



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