It’s safe to say, after the first week of Rugby World Cup action draws to a close, that the on-pitch drama hasn’t disappointed. From Uruguay’s historic victory over Fiji to Ireland’s stunning opening performance against Scotland, fans at home and in Japan have been treated to a veritable feast of rugby.
Off the pitch, the word from Japan is that the atmosphere around the host cities and inside the stadiums has been simply incredible. The noise and colour from the stands has pierced the bubble in which most of the players immerse themselves, and brightened the mood of many a sleep-deprived hack.
We’ve compiled some of the images that capture that atmosphere around the grounds and on the streets of Japan in this gallery. Take a look and get into the Rugby World Cup spirit!
French fans were in full voice as their side edged Argentina with a late drop goal in their opening Rugby World Cup fixture.