TOKYO — The Newest on Day 21 on the typhoon-affected Rugby World Cup (all occasions native):
England is leaving Tokyo for Miyazaki on the southern island of Kyushu to keep away from Hurricane Hagibis.
The England-France pool match scheduled for Saturday in Yokohama was cancelled by Rugby World Cup organizers as a result of that’s when and the place the approaching storm, essentially the most highly effective this 12 months, is anticipated to make landfall.
Miyazaki hosted England’s pre-tournament coaching camp.
It’s additionally not removed from Oita, the place England’s quarterfinal towards Wales or Australia is scheduled subsequent week.
“We’ll have a brief camp in Miyazaki after which we’re off to Oita,” Jones mentioned. “Now we have an distinctive file in two-week preparations.”
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen mentioned cancelling their pool match with Italy was “a no brainer.”
The All Blacks have been knowledgeable within the morning that it was off, and so they nonetheless went out and educated.
“Once you get a storm to the extent we’re getting, then security is the paramount factor so it’s a no brainer,” Hansen mentioned. “Crucial factor that occurs now’s how we adapt and regulate to it.”
The cancellation meant the defending champion All Blacks superior to the quarterfinals subsequent week forward of Italy. They may know their opponent on Sunday, both Eire, Japan, or Scotland.
Captain Kieran Learn mentioned they have been disillusioned for themselves and Italy, and the followers.
“After all we’d need this sport by way of game-time and issues,” Learn mentioned. “However we’ve been round this sport a very long time, educated quite a bit collectively and we’re able to go subsequent week. It’s obtained no bearing on how we flip up subsequent week and we’re excited by it.”
The highly effective storm that has triggered the primary ever cancellation of Rugby World Cup video games has ended Italy’s prospects of reaching the quarterfinals and will upset Scotland’s probabilities of progressing to the knockout levels as properly.
Rugby World Cup organizers introduced that two video games scheduled for Saturday — the Pool C decider between England and France in Yokohama and the Pool B sport between defending champion New Zealand and Italy within the metropolis of Toyota — have been cancelled due to the anticipated influence of Hurricane Hagibis.
Sunday’s sport in Yokohama between host Japan and Scotland is also scrapped, relying on the climate.
The Japan Meteorological Company is warning the highly effective storm might convey torrential rain and robust winds to central elements of the nation over Saturday and Sunday, coinciding with the final spherical of World Cup pool video games. It has urged individuals to take precautions to keep away from probably life-threatening hazard. Airways and prepare companies anticipate cancellations in what is anticipated to be essentially the most harmful storm of 2019.
World Rugby event director Alan Gilpin mentioned organizers had checked out all choices, together with shifting the Yokohama and Toyota video games to different venues, however it wasn’t logistically attainable in a good strategy to all groups.
All video games cancelled due to climate are logged as scoreless attracts and every workforce will get two competitors factors, that means Italy can’t end higher than third in Pool B and England will prime Pool C with out having to play France, regardless of each groups being unbeaten.
Friday’s Pool D sport between Australia and Georgia at Shizuoka and Saturday’s sport between Eire and Samoa at Fukuoka will go forward as scheduled.
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