Monday, 03 August, 2020

World Rugby Monitoring Typhoon Hagibis That Could Hit Japan This Saturday

The final whistle after the 2011 quarter-final in Wellington The final whistle after the 2011 quarter-final in Wellington
Linda Gilbert | 11 October, 2019, 00:34

Typhoon Faxai, which struck Japan about two weeks before the World Cup, caused widespread disruption, leaving two people dead, cutting power supplies and causing more than 100 flights to be cancelled.

"It is hard to know that we won't have the chance to play a match against one of the great teams", Parisse said, according to the Rugby News Service.

Ireland defense coach Andy Farrell confirmed that World Rugby has been in communication with the Ireland camp, saying that they are as "keen as we are to get this game played".

The imminent arrival of Hagibis has coincided with the end of the pool stage, and the decision to cancel Saturday's New Zealand vs Italy and England-France games has determined the makeup of two of the four groups.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said Hagibis was now "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".


England and France are the least affected, as both were already through to the quarter-finals.

A typhoon that has caused the first ever cancellation of Rugby World Cup games has ended Italy's prospects of reaching the quarterfinals and could also upset Scotland's chances of progressing to the knockout stages. A thorough assessment of venues will take place after the typhoon has passed before a final decision is made on Sunday morning. In both instances, qualifying was held on Sunday morning ahead of the race, which would likely be the contingency plan this weekend if the forecast rain hits on Saturday.

Japan's extras mean Scotland could take maximum points from their final two Pool A clashes against Russian Federation - who they face on Wednesday - and Japan but still crash out if the hosts were to secure two losing bonus points of their own.

"The way that we make the most out of it is by turning up tomorrow and having a really good game. and hopefully building some momentum".

Sunday's game between Japan and Scotland is in doubt, because of the potential impact of Typhoon Hagibis.


This satellite image provided by the U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center shows typhoon Hagibis approaching Japan, top, on October 10, 2019.

"Public and team safety is our No one priority", said World Rugby in a statement on Tuesday.

"Gilpin said, adding that Australia v Georgia on Friday and Ireland v Samoa on Saturday would go ahead".

It is expected to weaken considerably as it approaches but Japan is still bracing itself for torrential rain and fierce winds from what forecasters have warned is one of the most powerful storms to hit the country in recent years.

"While making every effort to put in place a contingency plan that would enable all of Saturday's matches to be played, it would be grossly irresponsible to leave teams, fans, volunteers. exposed during what is predicted to be a severe typhoon", Gilpin said. If the game is called off the match would be declared a draw and Japan would qualify along with Ireland.


Any game that can't be played will register as a 0-0 result with points shared, something that could yet hoist Australia past Wales at the top of pool D and hand them a preferable quarter-final draw.

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