After months of planning the 12 teams of the 2015 International Defence Rugby Competition arrived at the Guildhall, Portsmouth for the opening ceremony yesterday. Teams gathered at HMS Victory for team photos before moving to the Guildhall; a massed photo on the steps of the iconic building followed with teams moving into the building to be presented with their participation medals and eying each other up. President of the IDRC committee, Lt Gen Lorimer welcomed the 550 participants and reminded them that many qualities of servicemen are matched by the values of World Rugby, and that recent results from the 2015 Rugby World Cup displayed that the IDRC should produce some mouth-watering fixtures.
The first round games are played at RAF Halton, Portsmouth and Aldershot on Thursday, more from the fixtures page of www.idrc.org.uk
Below are a selection of image from the opening ceremony, please click on an image to view the larger version (also don’t forget you can download a selection of images each day from the IDRC 2015 Image Library)