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RWC opening ceremony stuns fans around the world

By Josh Raisey
Former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Cup during the opening ceremony in Tokyo (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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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: 


Japan, who went on to defeat Russia 30-10, were expected to put on quite a show in the opening ceremony – and they certainly did not disappoint. 

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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