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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2007, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
Rugby World Cup photos

The England rugby team poses on the steps of a plane before flying out to France for the World Cup

Rugby World Cup champions England fly out to France ahead of their defence of the Webb Ellis Trophy

Phil Vickery poses for photos at Charles de Gaulle airport while Josh Lewsey places a beret on his head

After arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport captain Phil Vickery poses for photos while Josh Lewsey lends a helping hand

Mike Catt dons a beret as England fly into Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport

England World Cup-winner Mike Catt blends in seamlessly with the locals as the defending champions arrive in France

New Zealand pose for a team photo in front of the town hall in Marseille

World Cup favourites New Zealand were given a warm welcome when the All Blacks arrived in Marseille

A haka made from trees and flowers in order to honour the All Blacks in Marseille

In order to make the All Blacks feel more at home the locals created a haka from flowers and trees

Stephen Larkham, Stirling Mortlock and Adam Ashley-Cooper pose after being presented with their Australia World Cup caps in Montpellier

It is not quite "Blue Steel" but Australia captain Stirling Mortlock gives it his all at a Wallaby capping ceremony

South Africa captain John Smit presents Thabo Mbeki with a rugby ball at a pre-World Cup ceremony in the republic

South Africa president Thabo Mbeki told the Springboks to forget controversy off the pitch and "just play rugby"

The Pumas of Argentina go through their warm-up exercises at Montmorency outside Paris

South America's challenge will come from Argentina, who play hosts France in the opening match on Friday

Japan pose for the cameras at city hall in rugby-mad Toulouse

Japan do not quite manage Mortlock levels of posing as they face the cameras after a capping ceremony in Toulouse

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