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Rugby World Cup fans

Updated 12:41 PM ET, Fri September 23, 2011
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The 2011 Rugby World Cup is being hosted by New Zealand, whose top-ranked All Blacks team have enjoyed the passionate backing of the whole country. Getty Images
Australia's two-time world champion Wallabies also have a dedicated following, with these four fans sporting all-in-one lycra suits. Getty Images
The England team proudly display a rose on their team crest, with this fan taking it one step further. Getty Images
Georgia fans have had little to cheer at the Rugby World Cup, having only won one match at the tournament prior to this year's edition. That hasn't stopped their fans enjoying the festival of rugby in New Zealand. Getty Images
Ireland have participated in every World Cup to date, and their fans can always be seen at the tournament draped in the famous green of their team's jersey. Getty Images
The United States will need a super-human effort to advance beyond the group stage at this World Cup, so it's a good job they have comic-book hero Wonder Woman backing them in the southern hemisphere. Getty Images
Russia's Bears make their Rugby World Cup debut in 2011, giving their fans plenty of reasons to get excited. Getty Images
Scotland always bring a large number of passionate supporters to any Test match, like these four members of the Tartan Army. Getty Images
All eyes will be on South Africa's defending champions to see if they can match their achievements of four years ago. Their fans have also made an effort, with these supporters getting dressed up to cheer on the Springboks. Getty Images
The World Cup appeals to fans of all ages, including this boy willing on Wales. Getty Images