Japan have stunned fans all over the world with a spectacular opening ceremony to the ninth Rugby World Cup.
It is the first time the tournament has been held in Asia and fans at the stadium in Tokyo and around the world were treated to a visual display on the pitch which showcased Japan’s history, culture, art and geography, including a model of Mount Fuji that emerged from the middle of the field.
The display was mesmerising throughout and many fans have commented on Twitter how beautiful the light display was.
The ceremony was only improved when All Blacks legend Richie McCaw – the last man to lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015 – appeared to present the trophy to everyone ahead of the start of the 2019 finals.
The 148-cap flanker was warmly welcomed at Tokyo Stadium as he bid farewell to the coveted prize that he won twice in his career.
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The atmosphere at the stadium was electric, particularly as each competing nation was announced. New Zealand, Ireland and Wales receiving a very warm welcome, as well as the hosts. This was the reaction to the ceremony:
The opening ceremony for the RWC was absolutely stunning! Totally surprised to see the big dog McCaw on the stage, I saw him 4 days ago watching his wife play hockey in Tauranga. SO EXCITED! #RWC2019
— Lee (@PushinNovaYou) September 20, 2019
That opening ceremony has got to be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. #JapanRWC
— jas singh (@jasfuckingsingh) September 20, 2019
Loved the opening ceremony. Fabulous blend of tradition and modern Japan. Great start to six weeks of RWC.
— Elizabeth Okada (@ElizabethOkada1) September 20, 2019
What an opening ceremony for the Rugby World cup in Japan! The bar has been raised out of sight for opening ceremonies, an extravaganza of ceremony, culture and technology. #TheGameTheyPlayInHeaven #RWC2019
— Ricky????? (@galumay) September 20, 2019
Richie McCaw saying absolutely everything about this tournament with one glance. Awesome!
— Tatoemonkey (@tatoemonkey) September 20, 2019
— Tormei? (@TormeiGove) September 20, 2019
— Ricky Machel (@rickymachel) September 20, 2019
The Japanese don’t play games when it comes to opening ceremonies? https://t.co/u9cbPeDIZ3
— Adam Theofilatos?? (@AdamTheofilatos) September 20, 2019
With Tokyo hosting the summer Olympics next year, this may be a glimpse of what the world can expect to see in 2020.
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