Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan stun Ireland, Argentina power past Tonga, Springboks win 'African Derby' - in pictures

See a selection of the best images from some of Saturday's Rugby World Cup matches

The Rugby World Cup exploded into life on Saturday as Japan produced one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's history on home turf, stunning the highly fancied Ireland 19-12.

The Brave Blossoms were magnificent against the Irish, who came into the tournament ranked the best side in the world, and were roared on by a passionate crowd of 47,000 in Shizuoka.

The result throws Pool A wide open, as Japan took a huge stride towards their first-ever quarter-final from a group that also includes Scotland.

In the earlier World Cup game, Argentina got their campaign back on track after an agonising opening loss against France, beating a spirited Tongan side 28-12 with the help of a hat-trick from hooker Julian Montoya.

And South Africa routed Namibia as expected, also bouncing back after their loss to defending champions New Zealand in their tournament opener to record a 57-3 victory.

Check out the photo gallery above of Saturday's matches involving Argentina and Tonga and South Africa and Naimbia.

To move on to the next image, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Published: September 28, 2019 04:17 PM


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