WATCH: Nine-Year-Old Aussie Rugby Star Tramples Opponents

Rugby is a brutal game played by two teams of 15 players who attack each other for 80 minutes with barely restrained glee. No padding is worn, no helmets are allowed, rugby is a contest of raw physical violence.

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The Rugby World Cup: What You Need To Know

One of the world’s largest sporting events kicks off today. The Rugby World Cup 2015 will commence with an opening ceremony at 19:00 (BST), followed immediately by the first match of the tournament between host nation England and Fiji.