Best of the Rugby World Cup (so far)

The Times have published my favourite images from the World Cup so far.
Thought I’d post it here..
I’ve enjoyed every minute of every match I’ve shot of this tournament.

Rugby is my favourite sport to photograph so I was naturally looking forward to having the World Cup at home.

I kicked off my tournament at my home ground in Brighton with Japan’s humbing of the South African’s.
I got my best action picture at that match with Michael Letch’s last minute tackle of Pollard.

For England’s match against Australia I was was on the touchline and was face to face with the England players after their defeat.

In these moments you have to put patriotism to one side and concerntrate on the job in hand.

Argentina have impressed me. I was in Cardiff to shoot thier match against Ireland. In the second half they were imense and were deserved winners. That Australia defence and resolve was tested but the Wallabies were just too strong for them.

I’m very lucky to be given the chance to shoot the final. I’m in two minds as to who I’d prefer to win.

The All Blacks are saying goodbye to their legendary players McCaw and Carter, but I think I’ll go with Australia. Hooper and Pocock are my players of the tournament.

About Gray Hughes photographer

Gray Hughes grew up in southwest London but has always had strong connections to the USA. He has spent many summers on road trips, visiting family in California. In his early twenties he moved to New York and assisted various fashion photographers before returning to London to shoot editorial sports and lifestyle. He soon graduated into shooting commercially for brands including Coca-Cola, Asics, Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Powerade. Gray has always loved film and music – his mother exposed him to Hitchcock at an inappropriately young age. As a young teen he used to record music demos on a four track recorder. Then in 2001 he took a break from photography to pursue a career in music, remixing dance music for four years before returning to his first love, photography. Gray’s personal projects have taken him to cowboy country in Montana, USA as well as Rio de Janeiro and more recently, around the grassroots rugby clubs of Britain. His film, ‘Heartland’ was a finalist in the 2015 AOP awards, with the accompanying photographs featured in the Sunday Times Magazine. He directed his first commercial for Glamorgan Brewing Company in 2015 and then subsequently joined Ridley Scott Associates where he was added to the photgraphy and moving image roster, he is on an indenpendent arrangement while he grows his show-reel so is free to collaborate with other production companies. So far this year he has directed films for Reebok and Standard Life and has shot a global advertising campaign for Vodafone.

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