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Argentina run out winners at Leicester City Stadium

Argentina have defeated Tonga in the first Rugby World Cup match at the Leicester City Stadium.

Diego Maradona cheers on Argentina Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In an exciting and even first half, both sides scored two tries to the delight of the fans and an exuberant Diego Maradona watching in the stands.

Tonga's Siale Piutau is tackled by Argentina's Guido Petti Credit: Paul Thomas/Press Association Images

The Pumas took control of the second half though, scoring three more tries to run out 45-16 winners. Argentina now edge towards qualification out of Pool C.

Gloucester's Laidlaw pleased Scottish destiny still in own hands

Gloucester Rugby's Greig Laidlaw says he is pleased the World Cup destiny of Scotland is still in their own hands, after they were beaten by South Africa.

Scotland sit second in the group, and will secure qualification if they beat Samoa in their final game next weekend.

Laidlaw told ITV Sport that he was also pleased to have seven days until the next match, to work to improve after yesterday's defeat in Newcastle.

England and Wasps star sees tough week ahead

England and Wasps star Joe Launchbury says he sees a tough week ahead, after England crashed out of their own Rugby World Cup.

England lost at Twickenham to Australia, meaning they exit the tournament, with Wales and Australia progressing to the quarter finals.

Speaking to ITV Sport, Launchbury added that the performance in next week's dead rubber against Uruguay will now be important to ensure England can exit the tournament with some pride.


Thousands enjoy the Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzone

Thousands of rugby fans from all other the country have been enjoying the 2015 World Cup in Birmingham's Fanzone Credit: ITV Central
Some performances featured the Maori Haka Credit: ITV Central
Fans at the venue, at Millennium Point, could watch the matches on a big screen or just relax in the sunshine Credit: ITV Central
Everyone enjoyed themselves Credit: ITV Central
There was plenty of shade available Credit: ITV Central

Excitement builds at Villa Park ahead of SA v Samoa

Souvenir scraves on sale outside Villa Park ahead of South Africa v Samoa Credit: ITV News Central
Springbok fans on their way into Villa Park bathed in sunshine. Credit: ITV News Central
Samoa supporters getting in the mood for this afternoon's game. Credit: ITV News Central
South Africa fans seems to have brought the southern hemisphere sunshine with them. Credit: ITV News Central
Despite being the underdogs Samoa fans say their team will fight with everything they've got Credit: ITV News Central

What fans can expect at the Birmingham RWC Fanzone

For those rugby fans without tickets to Samoa v South Africa today and Australia v Uruguay tomorrow, organisers of the Birmingham Fanzone say that the next best place in the city to watch the games.

Jen Griggs says thousands of spectators are expected at the Fanzone next to Millennium Point today and tomorrow, and there is plenty on offer for a great atmosphere.

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