Monday 22 December 2014

In pictures: Rugby World Cup opening ceremony

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A Maori performs during the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland
Maori performers jump during the ceremony
A Maori performs during the ceremony
Performers dance during the opening ceremony
Maori dancers
During the ceremony a giant trophy was carried onto the field
Ria Hall sings 'The World In Union'
Former All Black star Jonah Lomu and Ethan Bai
Former All Black star Jonah Lomu and Ethan Bai
Ethan Bai
Performers during the opening ceremony
Performers during the opening ceremony
A boy reaches a giant rugby ball in the air during the opening ceremony
New Zealand prime minister John Key speaks as IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset (R) looks on
New Zealand prime minister John Key looks on as IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset speaks
A general view of the stadium during the opening ceremony
A general view of the stadium during the opening ceremony
Ethan Bai is surrounded by fellow performers
Fireworks explode over the Auckland city and harbour during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony at Auckland Harbour

All photos by Getty Images unless otherwise stated

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