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Rugby World Cup cancels 2 games ahead of powerful typhoon

Rugby World Cup cancels 2 games ahead of powerful typhoon


Rugby World Cup cancels 2 games ahead of powerful typhoon

The powerful typhoon that has caused the first ever cancellation of Rugby World Cup games has ended Italy's prospects of reaching the quarterfinals and could upset Scotland 's chances of progressing to the knockout stages as well. Rugby World Cup organizers on Thursday announced that two games

World Rugby tournament director Alan Gilpin said organizers had looked at all options, including moving the Yokohama and Toyota games to other venues, but it wasn't logistically possible in a fair way to all teams.

All games canceled because of weather are logged as scoreless draws and each team will get two competition points, meaning Italy cannot finish better than third in Pool B and England will top Pool C without having to play France, despite both teams being unbeaten. Scotland needs to beat Japan to have any chance of reaching the playoffs. If the game is canceled, Japan and Ireland will advance to the knockout rounds.

"Of course everyone is disappointed. We wanted to play France and we put a lot of work into that," he was quoted as saying."We have no issues, so we're getting on with it. It's a wonderful World Cup but you can't help typhoons."

"All the teams signed up to the participation agreement. They're well aware of the tournament rules," Gilpin said."That's not a concern.

"It's complex. There's little flexibility, and that's why the tournament rules are as they are," he said."We've got some different opportunities if we have similar impacts in the knockout phase."

Read more: Yahoo Singapore

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