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Rugby: England v France, All Blacks v Italy cancelled as typhoon bears down on Japan

Rugby: England v France, All Blacks v Italy cancelled as typhoon bears down on Japan

10.10.2019

Rugby: England v France, All Blacks v Italy cancelled as typhoon bears down on Japan

Rugby World Cup organisers have cancelled Saturday's game between England and France as well as New Zealand 's match against Italy due to the risk ...

Both games were in the projected path of the large and powerful typhoon, which currently has a"violent" rating - the highest category by Japan's weather bureau - and is due to hit the Tokyo area on Saturday.

Sunday's four games, including the key Pool A shoot-out between hosts Japan and Scotland in Yokohama, near Tokyo, remain under review, said tournament director Alan Gilpin.

Japan, whose capital Tokyo hosts the Olympics next year, is battered by around 20 typhoons per year and is one of the world's most seismically active countries.

"We always knew there were going to be risks. It's rare for a typhoon of this magnitude to cause this impact this late in the typhoon season."

If Japan's match in Yokohama is cancelled, the hosts would go into the quarter-finals for the first time.

"Very disappointed, we're only here four days, only to see that game," said Learey.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said Hagibis was currently"a large and violent typhoon" and while it will weaken before hitting the mainland, it will"remain very strong" and have a"significant impact over large areas".

READ: F1 monitoring Typhoon Hagibis ahead of Japanese Grand Prix

Hagibis is taking a similar trajectory to Faxai but is nearly three times bigger in terms of area.

Read more: CNA

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