Rugby World Cup: Open­ing Cer­e­mony ITV, 6.45pm

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

John In­verdale in­tro­duces live cov­er­age of the tra­di­tional cur­tain-raiser ahead of the eighth stag­ing of the Rugby World Cup, which takes place at Twick­en­ham. A per­for­mance with the theme of ‘Break­ing New Ground’ retells the history of the sport from the very be­gin­ning, in­clud­ing the fate­ful mo­ment at Rugby School in 1823 when Wil­liam Webb El­lis quite lit­er­ally picked up the ball and ran with it. Jonny Wilkin­son, Lawrence Dal­laglio and Clive Wood­ward pro­vide stu­dio anal­y­sis.

John In­verdale

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