Typhoon Hagibis plunges Rugby World Cup into crisis as matches are cancelled

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England’s game against France and New Zealand’s clash against Italy are called off

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Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 8:47am

The Rugby World Cup has been thrown into turmoil by a series of cancellations that threaten the integrity of the tournament.

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Organisers announced on Thursday morning that England’s pool C match against France on Saturday has been called off because of Typhoon Hagibis, as has the pool B clash between New Zealand and Italy.

A decision on whether Scotland’s pool A match against Japan, scheduled to take place on Sunday in the same stadium as England’s cancelled fixture, will be made on the morning of the match. The same goes for Samoa’s game against Ireland on the same day.

It’s reported that tournament organisers have considered and rejected impractical plans to relocate the matches or delay them 24 hours.

England top pool

The two cancelled games will be deemed 0-0 draws with both teams receiving two points.

England and France had already qualified for the last eight and Eddie Jones’s side now go through as pool winners. For Italy, however, they are denied what would have been a very slim chance of beating the All Blacks to take their place in the quarter-finals.

Should the Scotland and Ireland matches be scrubbed then the Irish and Japan will progress to the knockout stage from pool A.

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Friday 11 October
Pool D: Australia vs. Georgia to be played as scheduled
Saturday 12 October
Pool A: Ireland vs. Samoa to be played as scheduled
Pool B: New Zealand vs. Italy – cancelled (result declared a 0-0 draw – two points each)
Pool C: England vs. France – cancelled (result declared a 0-0 draw – two points each)
Sunday 13 October
Matches will be played as scheduled and an assessment of venues will take place after the typhoon has passed

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