The Rugby World Cup has kicked off in New Zealand, with the opening match between the host country and Tonga in Auckland’s Eden Park.
Downtown streets in the country’s largest city are awash with rugby fans, hours after an opening ceremony was held in front of thousands of people.
The Auckland waterfront is the venue for a special “party zone”, where open air festivities will be staged throughout the tournament.
New Zealand is hosting the World Cup through until October 23.
The government is describing the tournament as the country’s biggest ever event and is hoping it will be a money spinner.
Overseas visitors have flooded into the country, with hotels booked out months in advance of the opening game.
Scrum down: Rugby World Cup lights up NZ