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Japan launched Asia’s first Rugby World Cup with a victory the host nation craved as they beat Russia 30-10 at Tokyo Stadium.
Four years after causing the World Cup’s biggest shock by beating South Africa, Japan again took centre stage, but they were made to work hard by an unheralded Russian outfit. Russia, making a first appearance on rugby union’s global stage since 2011, led for most of the first half following wing Kirill Golosnitskiy’s early try, but hat-trick hero Kotaro Matsushima sparked Japan into life.
The elusive wing claimed a try double before the break, then flanker Lappies Labuschagne dealt Russia a major blow by collecting an opportunist touchdown early in the second half.
Reigning champions New Zealand are the bookies favourites to life the Webb Ellis Trophy, with England, Australia, Wales and Ireland all in with a big shout.
When is the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony?
THIS is the first time that the World Cup has come to Asia and Japan.
The hosts traditionally get the tournament started and will face Russia at Tokyo Stadium on Friday, September 20.
Kick-off is at 11.45am BST.
Organisers have released a teaser of what to expect under the lights in Tokyo for the opening ceremony.
A press release read: “Combining the ancient with the modern, the opening ceremony will draw on deeply symbolic Japanese cultural references to illustrate the passion, expectation and excitement the people of Japan have for the tournament.
“Encapsulated in the theme of a Japanese festival, the ceremony tells the story of the mythical dawn of time, rugby’s origins and its arrival in Japan, and the blossoming of Rugby World Cup into today’s global showpiece, as the ninth edition breaks new ground by being hosted in Asia for the first time.”
The opening ceremony will be available to watch for UK audiences from 10.25am BST, just in time for the official start at 6.30pm local time.