For the first time in 127 years, a black man captained the South African national team, the Springboks, to a Rugby World Cup victory. But his story should not fool us into thinking South Africa has overcome its racist past.
England's 19-7 victory in Yokohama ended an incredible 18-match unbeaten run in World Cup games for the All Blacks, who had reigned supreme since defeating Tonga at the start of the 2011 tournament.
Japan have beaten Russia in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup. Jamie Joseph's side won the game 30 points to 10 after a very nervous start in Tokyo.
Prince Akishino has officially declared the tournament open, with World Rugby chief Beaumont saying: "This is the moment we've all been waiting for ... we can all be very proud tonight. You have made history."
The home side, in their final warm-up match before the tournament in Japan, played a bold, expansive game and had too much pace and power for a stubborn yet outclassed Italian side.
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