Before England and Fiji raise the curtain on the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the hosts are going to provide a little history lesson.
According to The Daily Mail’s Nik Simon, the opening ceremony will “tell the story of the sport’s birth,” which will include a scene with William Webb Ellis–of who the Rugby World Cup trophy is named after–catching and running with a football for the first time while at Rugby School in 1823. It certainly won’t be as extravagant as London’s opening ceremony at the 2012 Olympics, but the show at the famed Twickenham Stadium will be worth watching nonetheless.
And it won’t drag on, as some things of these nature often do. With England scheduled to take on Fiji at 8 p.m. BST, the show, which begins an hour earlier, will last only 20 minutes at most. Producers are even prepared to cut acts if it looks like it will go any longer.
Before one of the biggest sports tournaments in the world gets started, the opening ceremony is good way to get an idea of the captivating atmosphere in Twickenham. Here’s everything you need to know to watch:
Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Start Time: 7 p.m. BST; 2 p.m. ET
TV: ITV 1 (UK), Universal Sports Network (US), Sky Sports (New Zealand), Fox Sports (Australia). Click here for the full list of television coverage from around the world
Live Stream: Read on for complete information on how to watch online
Watch Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony Online
In the UK, viewers can watch via the ITV Player. You’ll need the log-in and password for a cable subscription — either yours or someone else’s — to access the stream.
In the United States, viewers can watch via Universal Sports Network. The opening ceremony is free to stream for all users with or without a cable subscription.
In New Zealand, viewers can watch via Sky Go. You’ll need the log-in and password for a cable subscription — either yours or someone else’s — to access the stream.
For viewers in other countries around the world, the station that is providing television coverage (check here to see what station that is in your country) may also provide a live stream on its official website, so be sure to check there.