RWC 2015: When is the opening ceremony, what time does it start, what will be in it and where can I watch it?

All you need to know about the official start of the Rugby World Cup

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The Rugby World Cup begins tonight when England take on Fiji in the first game of the tournament.

But before that, there's the obligatory opening ceremony to get through.

Rugby World Cup's might not be renowned for their opening ceremonies in the way events such as the Olympics are, but with English rugby given an opportunity to impress with the world looking on, it should still be quite a show at Twickenham tonight.

Here's everything you need to know about the official start of the tournament...

What time does the opening ceremony start?

The official start of the ceremony is scheduled for 7pm on Friday 18 September.

How long does the event last?

England are kicking off their match against Fiji at 8pm so don't worry, it won't go on too long. It's expected to last around 25 minutes in total. However the ‘pre-show’ is expected to begin at 6:45pm, 15 minutes after fans are asked to take their seats.


Where can I watch it?

ITV will have live coverage of the ceremony ahead of England vs Fiji, starting at 6.45pm.


What will happen during the ceremony?

That would spoil the surprise! What we know so far is that the theme for the opening ceremony is “Breaking New Ground”, although what that actually means is anyone's guess.