Rugby World Cup lands ball in the wall of Cardiff Castle

The Gilbert ball was installed last night (17 September) (@cardiffcouncil)
The Gilbert ball was installed last night (17 September) (@cardiffcouncil)

The City of Cardiff Council is celebrating the start of the Rugby World Cup today (18 September) by accessorising its iconic castle with a giant rugby ball.

Ball in the Wall features a large-scale version of the tournament's official Gilbert ball appearing to crash through the walls of Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff credited the installation to bespoke props company Wild Creations, the team behind July's infamous Sharknado 3 stunt, via Twitter this morning. It stated that the team had worked through the night to create the Rugby World Cup illusion.

Phil Bale, the City of Cardiff Council leader, said: "The Ball in the Wall is a significant statement which says Rugby World Cup 2015 has arrived in Cardiff and we are ready for it."

He added that the city will host eight matches of the tournament at its Millennium Stadium, as well as a fanzone with a capacity of 10,000. The latter promises acitvities such as Fijian fire eating, a kicking cage, live music and interactive stations from the Rugby World Cup official partners.

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