RWC 2015 team of the weekend: Ayumu Goromaru and Iain Henderson star in opening weekend as Japan, Ireland and France win

A look at the 15 players that impressed over the opening weekend of action in the 2015 Rugby World Cup

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The opening weekend of the 2015 Rugby World Cup proved to be one of the most dramatic ever seen across all eight tournaments since the inaugural competition in 1987.

While England avoided an upset and somehow managed to claim a bonus point in Friday's win over Fiji, the same could not be said of Saturday's action.

Georgia upset the odds to beat Pool C rivals Tonga in the opening game at Kingsholm, although there were no surprises in Cardiff as Ireland claimed a comprehensive 50-7 win over Canada at the Millennium Stadium.

The shock of the round - and indeed the World Cup - came in Brighton though, where Japan fought to a historic 34-32 win over Pool b favourites and two-time World Cup winners South Africa. The final match of the day saw France come through unscathed in their Twickenham opener with Italy.

Sunday kicked off on the South Coast once again as Samoa beat the United States, before Wales kept the points flowing in Cardiff with a comprehensive 54-9 victory over Uruguay. The final match of the day reigning champions New Zealand play out a thriller at Wembley Stadium against Argentina, with the All Blacks having to come back from a half-time deficit to win 26-16.

So who impressed over the first weekend? Click on the gallery below to find out.

 

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