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As a rugby fan, unless you live under a rock or are in a coma, you would fail to notice that the RWC 2015 has already kicked off.
I have been following this tournament since it was announced that England will be hosting. From attending the press launches, trophy tours, ticket design launch and the England 2015 kit launch.
My family had to be warned well in advance that whilst the rugby was on, the telly was MINE!!!
Finally the tournament kicked off on Friday 18th September with England playing against Fiji at Twickenham. The opening ceremony was short and sweet.
Opening Ceremony Video Highlights
Then came the match that kicked the whole tournament off.
England v Fiji 35-11 – Full Match Highlights & Tries
I have to say though the first game was marred by the amount of times the TMO (Television Match Official aka Video Ref) was used. It made watching the first game a tad bit irritating, but it was a brilliant opening match to kick off the RWC 2015 after months and years of waiting.
The objective of the television match official system is to ensure accurate and consistent decisions are made on the field in a timely and efficient manner. The TMO is a tool to help referees and assistant referees with their on-field calls and the referee remains the decision-maker who is in charge of the process.
A snippet of a statement released to the press by World Cup bosses via The Independent
Over the weekend, there were 7 matches – 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday – and here are the results.
The jubilation of Georgia beating Tonga was clear for the fans to see.
This was the match everyone was, still are and will continue to talk about. The fact that Japan held out for a try instead of a penalty and managed to beat South Africa made for match viewing gold. This will be up there as the rugby history highlight of the tournament.
Full Match Highlights and Tries
This was the match I was waiting for as defending champions New Zealand took on Argentina. Argentina played well in the first half until the All Blacks outsmarted them towards the end.
So far underdogs Georgia and Japan are on my teams to watch, with New Zealand still up there as tournament favourites. Let’s see if this will change next week.
Videos: World Rugby’s Youtube Channel
Images: My screen grabs via the RWC2015 Mobile App