Challenge: All Blacks perform the Haka after Tonga had laid down the gauntlet

It's all kicked off Down Under! Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?

Challenge: All Blacks perform the Haka after Tonga had laid down the gauntlet

It's all kicked off Down Under! Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?

Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?

The stage is set: Hundreds of dancers were involved in the ceremony, watched by 60,000 fans at Eden Park

It's all kicked off Down Under! Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?

The stage is set: Hundreds of dancers were involved in the ceremony, watched by fans at Eden Park

Maori welcome: The ceremony was colourful and energetic

It's all kicked off Down Under! Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?

Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?

The stage is set: Hundreds of dancers were involved in the ceremony, watched by 60,000 fans at Eden Park

It's all kicked off Down Under! Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?

The stage is set: Hundreds of dancers were involved in the ceremony, watched by fans at Eden Park

Lighting up the sky: More of the reported three tonnes of spectacular fireworks help get the tournament off to an explosive start

It's all kicked off Down Under! Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?

An opening ceremony with hundreds of dancers and singers as well as three tonnes of pyrotechnics helped kick off the country's biggest ever sporting event.

Kia ora! The Kiwi's put on a dramatic show as they prepared to host the tournament for the second time

It's all kicked off Down Under! Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?

The Kiwi's put on a dramatic show as they prepared to host the tournament for the second time

Spectacular: Boats in Auckland harbour are lit up by flood of fireworks

It's all kicked off Down Under! Kiwis host dazzling fireworks display to open World Cup - now can England's rugby match it?


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