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Rugby World Cup 2019: Wins for All Blacks, Wallabies and Les Bleus - in pictures

Australia, France and New Zealand open their accounts with wins over Fiji, Argentina and South Africa respectively

Day 2 of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan saw Australia, France and New Zealand open their accounts with wins over Fiji, Argentina and South Africa respectively.

Australia hooker Tolu Latu scored two tries in five minutes as Australia came from nine points down in the second half to beat Fiji 39-21 and escape a huge upset at in their opening Pool D match at the Sapporo Dome.

France produced some exhilarating rugby before almost losing the plot and having to survive a last-gasp penalty to pip Argentina 23-21 in their Rugby World Cup 2019 opener.

Fly-half Romain Ntamack paced a schizophrenic French performance with 10 points as the three-time finalists hung on to win a pulsating Pool C clash in Tokyo and leave the Pumas staring into the abyss in the tournament's so-called "group of death".

Four minutes of first-half brilliance led an otherwise unconvincing New Zealand to a 23-13 victory over South Africa in a clash between two Rugby World Cup favourites that never quite lived up to its billing.

Having wrestled the Rugby Championship from their rivals last month, South Africa pinned a scrappy New Zealand back for 20 minutes but, with only three points to show for it, the Springboks were left stunned by two scintillating team tries from wing George Bridge and lock Scott Barrett.

At the top of the page is a selection of the best images from Saturday's Rugby World Cup matches.

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Updated: September 21, 2019 05:13 PM

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