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Rugby World Cup: An animated history of the tournament

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The Rugby World Cup starts on Friday 18th September with hosts England kicking off the tournament against Fiji.

Can they repeat their success of 2003? Or will New Zealand, Australia or South Africa claim a record third win?

The competition first started back in 1987 and since then has grown in size and significance with 20 teams due to battle it out this time round.

But if you're new to rugby and are wondering what it's all about then check out this brief history of the World Cup.