Nothing too serious here folks - with the pool stages finally ending, here are some of the best plays, tweets, images and videos so far, thrown in with some tasty memes from our glorious social media age


Biggest shock

No prizes for guessing the biggest shock in World Cup history! It was on Day 2, when Japan pulled off a magnificent victory against South Africa. Watch how the crowd went into pandemonium, with some Japanese supporters reduced to tears as Karne Hesketh ran in for a breathless, exhilirating winning try. Two-time World Champions, South Africa had been humbled.

The miraculous victory even sent social media into a frenzy with some hilarious memes…

The Brave Blossoms left an indelible mark on RWC 2015 capturing the rugby world’s heart with positive, enterprising play engineered by Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick. They were the first nation to win three pool games and not progress to the quarter-finals. However this should not dishearten them too much and their progress bodes well for Japan 2019 – who would have thought Japan would have a TV audience of 20m for a rugby game, as witnessed against Samoa!

Group A arguably saw one of the most hotly-debated calls in World Cup history. You all know what I am talking about. England v Wales, 74 minutes on the clock…look away Chris Robshaw and Stuart Lancaster. Typically, at least some Welsh fans saw the funny side of it…^tfw

Looks like England can kiss any hope of a knighthood goodbye, until 2019 anyway! (maybe that’s when England will peak eh Rob Andrew

Our feelings exactly Your Royal Highness…

With England needing to beat Australia to have any hope of qualifying for the knock-out stages, when Owen Farrell recieved a yellow card – all hope seemed lost. Much to the dismay of Captain Jean-Luc Picard

That didn’t stop some opposing fans throwing some light-hearted banter at Wales. Let’s hope Waisake Naholo’s Fijian doctor is en route before the knock-out stages!^tfw

The Rugby World Cup has also thown in some nimble handling and nifty footwork – here are some of the best dummy passes so far. Personally, Ben Volavola’s effort was as classy as they come

Some magnificent tries have also been seen at this World Cup. Below are five of the best from the first week including a delightful swivel and pirouette from Argentina’s Santiago Cordero and Gareth Davies’ game changer versus England after some pin-point accuracy and vision from Lloyd Williams’ crossfield kick – Which try do you think is the best?

Lest we forget the magnificent 85m try from Fiji below. Poetry in motion…

Or how about Uruguay’s momentous try versus the Pacific Islanders – their first World Cup try in twelve years! Cue the elation and utter joy.

How does this try compare to the other teams opening World Cup 2015 tries? Which team do you think can claim the best? Have a look at some of these gems below –

Here are also some of the best diving tries –

However if that is not enough for all you try junkies out you are in for a treat –

Check out this video of some of the most hilarious fails and funnies, from Nigel Owens showing who is boss, to Jamie Cudmore sneaking in a scrum against France, to a few big missed passes!

Speaking of the French – watch as they and their fans belt out La Marseillaise at the Millennium Stadium versus Ireland. Magnifique.

How about this for some pin-point accuracy from the USA team? Let’s just look past Takudzwa Ngwenya’s touchdown dance!

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