The wait was finally over for rugby fans as the World Cup got under way in Japan.
A blockbuster clash between New Zealand and South Africa topped the bill on Saturday, before England, Ireland and Scotland got their campaigns under way a day later.
Manchester City scored eight in a Premier League fixture Watford will want to forget, while Liverpool maintained their winning run at Chelsea.
There were also success stories for Sebastian Vettel, Danny Willett and Essex on a busy weekend of sporting action.
Here, the PA news agency picks out some highlights from the past few days.