Two Rugby World Cup matches cancelled due to powerful typhoon in Japan

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool B - South Africa v Canada - Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe, Japan - October 8, 2019 South Africa's RG Snyman and Canada's Evan Olmstead in action during a lineout REUTERS/Rebecca Naden TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.


TOKYO, Oct 10, 2019, Kyodo. Two pool matches at the Rugby World Cup scheduled for Saturday will be cancelled due to a powerful typhoon that is expected to hit Japan over the weekend, the organizing committee said Thursday, reported the Kyodo.

The organizers scrapped a Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy in Toyota, central Japan, and Pool C clash between England and France in Yokohama, near Tokyo. It is the first time for matches at a Rugby World Cup to be cancelled.

A final decision regarding Sunday’s matches will be made on Sunday morning. Four games are scheduled for that day, including a Pool A clash between Japan and Scotland.

The Japanese weather agency has warned that Typhoon Hagibis is expected to make landfall on Japan’s main island over the weekend.

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