The Rugby World Cup got underway today as, after a fantastic opening ceremony in Eden Park, with host nation New Zealand beating Tonga 41-10. It is the start of a five week festival of rugby in a tournament which has become the very pinnacle of the game since its inception in 1987.
New Zealand, as always, start the tournament as heavy favourites but the All Blacks have a history of blowing it when it the World Cup pressure is on – and this time, on their own turf, the pressure will be even greater.
The three British teams and Ireland are all in action in the first weekend with the Welsh facing the biggest task first as they face up to defending champions South Africa. England face a tricky opener against Argentina, while Ireland and Scotland have relatively easy opening games against the USA and Romania respectively. See opening weekend kick off times below.
Saturday 10 September 2011
2.00am Pool B Scotland v Romania
9.30am Pool B England v Argentina
Sunday 11 September 2011
7.00am Pool C Ireland v USA
9.30am South Africa v Wales
After what promises to be a fantastic opening weekend of rugby the action just gets better with Ireland facing Australia in week 2 and England and Scotland face off in a battle of Britain Pool B game on October 1st.
So get behind your team, it’s easy with our range of official replica shirts and rugby accessories, and shout them all the way to the final! Now all that’s left for me to say is COME ON IRELAND! Rugby fans in the Republic of Ireland can shop everything rugby on our Irish site.
Enjoy the rugby.