Rugby World Cup 2015: Pictures showing the patriotism and passion of fans at RWC15

Rugby World Cup 2015, the premier tournament in world rugby, has reached the week mark. Hosted in England for the second time (the 1991 World Cup was shared among five nations, including England) 20 nations are competing at 13 different venues to be crowned king of rugby union.

Talking points from the tournament so far have included the shock victory of Japan over South Africa (fuelled by the RWC's top point-scorer so far, full-back Ayumu Goromaru), the so-called 'Pool of Death' that sees marquee rugby nations England, Wales and Australia all facing each other in the first round, and the highly criticised cover of World In Union by Paloma Faith, which introduces each game on ITV.

With so many fans turning up in England to support their nation, it's no surprise to see many of them hitting the facepaints and costumes in an attempt to stand out. Here's our overview of some of the most colourful and striking fans we've seen at the Rugby World Cup so far.

A man shows off his England goatee beard prior to the Rugby World Cup opening match between the home nation and FijiLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A New Zealand fan is shocked during her side's win over NamibiaADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
French fan gazes in hope prior to their win over Italy in Pool DGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Japanese fan cheers on his team during their shock victory over South AfricaLIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images
Chicken-themed French fans arrive for the game against Italy at TwickenhamFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentinan fan getting excited during his side's loss against New Zealand at WembleyPhil Walter/Getty Images
A young Welsh fan dressed as a daffodil as his nation defeat UruguayLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Canadian fan enjoys a beverage during the loss to IrelandMichael Steele/Getty Images
South Africa fans show confidence prior to the match against Japan, which they lostJulian Finney/Getty Images
Young Irish fan in facepaint and wig arrives at the Millennium StadiumLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images
An England fan looks on her phone during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match against FijiDavid Rogers/Getty Images
England fans dressed as crusaders soak up the atmosphere before the first game of the tournamentMike Hewitt/Getty Images

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