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England take on France in rugby showdown in Kent

England v France Credit: ITV Meridian

While Rugby World Cup fever may be sweeping the country, there's another rugby tournament taking place in Kent with some of the most talented international players.

The Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships are taking place at Medway Park in Gillingham.

It features teams from England, France, Wales, Ireland and Scotland battling it out over four days.

England v France Credit: ITV Meridian
England v France Credit: ITV Meridian

Rugby players from five different countries have been taking part in a major tournament with a difference. The Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships are primarily aimed at sports men and women with disabilities. But able-bodied players are also allowed to compete. Tom Savvides reports from Medway Park in Gillingham, where the event is taking place. He talks to England player Adam Barnett, Ireland player George Hill, Wales player Martin Beddis and Elizabeth Ferris, a former Scotland player.

Scrum at Waterloo as thousands of rugby fans head to World Cup opener

Rugby fans head to Twickenham for England's opening game Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of rugby fans are at Waterloo making the trip to the Twickenham opening of the World Cup. The station is on the line to Windsor and Reading.

Regular passengers were asked to consider changing travel during the rush hour to avoid crowding.

Passengers were asked to consider changing travel plans Credit: ITV Meridian

While Waterloo is extremely busy, services and the flow of passengers is working well.

Many appear to have heeded the travel advice.

England will kick off the Rugby World Cup against Fiji Credit: ITV Meridian


Fanzone opens on Brighton Beach for Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup begins tonight and this weekend Brighton will host two matches - South Africa against Japan on Saturday and Samoa versus the USA on Sunday. Tickets at the Amex Stadium are sold out but fans can watch all the weekend's action, including tomorrow night's opening ceremony, on big screens at a fan zone on Brighton Beach.

Making the pitch perfect for Rugby World Cup

The world's attention will be on Twickenham Stadium tomorrow - and, as the players get ready for action, the head groundsman is tending to the hallowed turf. Lauren Hall has been to find out what it takes to make the pitch perfect.

Travel chaos predicted as the Rugby World Cup kicks off

There's a warning of travel misery on the roads and rails this week as the Rugby World Cup kicks off.

The South West Trains website strongly advises commuters to consider taking a day's annual leave on Friday, the day of the opening ceremony at Twickenham. The station is on the Waterloo to Reading and Windsor lines.

On the roads the A316 at the end of the M3 will close. Other key games over the coming weeks will also lead to delays. Our Transport Corespondent Mike Pearse reports.

Crowds welcome the Springboks to Eastbourne

The crowd assembled ahead of the Springboks' welcoming ceremony in Eastbourne

Crowds have been arriving at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Eastbourne to welcome the South African Rugby World Cup team to the UK.

The Springboks are here t take part in the Rugby World Cup. Their first match will be against Japan at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Saturday 19th September.

The kickoff is at 4.45pm. The match will be shown live on ITV.


Eastbourne welcomes team South Africa for Rugby World Cup

The Springboks arrive at Heathrow Airport ahead of the Rugby World Cup Credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images for England Rugby 2015

The Sussex town of Eastbourne is preparing to welcome the South African Rugby team to the Uk and the Rugby World Cup.

The Springboks arrived at Heathrow Airport on 11th September ahead of the global contest which starts on Friday 18th September 2015. The team will be welcomed at a special ceremony in Eastbourne today.

Next stop - Eastbourne
Time for a selfie before the competition begins Credit: Getty Images

Portsmouth to welcome USA's World Cup rugby team

The USA Rugby tour bus arrives at Heathrow Credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images for England Rugby 2015

The USA rugby team is to attend an official Rugby World Cup 2015 welcoming ceremony at the Portsmouth Naval Base today. The team arrived in the UK at Heathrow Airport on 12th September.

A choir from the Queen Elizabeth's School in Wimborne will sing 'World in Union' as part of the welcoming celebration.

Rugby players from the USA's World Cup team at Heathrow Airport
A lot of bags - as team USA prepare to board their tour bus

Rugby fans: Time to get ITV's World Cup App!

ITV's Rugby World Cup app is now live. It's free – and available for Apple, Android phones and tablets from their respective app stores.

The app features the latest news and will include highlights of every match, plus statistics, facts and figures. There's also a fun swipe kicking game.

Rugby World Cup 2015 Credit: ITV Meridian
ITV's World Cup App Credit: ITV Meridian

There's a live mode too, which we'll activate during live match broadcasts - you will be able to vote on Television Match Official (TMO) calls and other crucial moments, in real time, and the kicking game will also appear live, giving users the chance to kick from the same position on the pitch as the real pens/conversions are taken.

Of course we'd really appreciate it if you'd download it, spread the word, and give us any feedback you have.

ITV's World Cup App Credit: ITV Meridian

By the way, if you want to watch live RWC games simulcast on your phone or tablet, you can do so via the ITV Player app – our app has been created as a second-screen product to complement our coverage.

Go to your App store - and search for itv rugby world cup 2015!

Rugby trophy tour continues: Latest stop, Leeds Castle!

The Cup arrives at Leeds Castle, Kent Credit: George Fuller, ITV Meridian

The international Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has been continuing through the region today. Its latest stop, Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent.

The 100-day trophy tour - with the Webb Ellis Cup - marks the countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Rugby fans - and the Cup - at Leeds Castle Credit: John Ryall, ITV Meridian
Ruckley The Bulldog, the official England Rugby mascot, at Leeds Castle Credit: George Fuller, ITV Meridian
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