This is the first cancellation of a match in the history of the Rugby World Cup, a competition created in 1987.
not simmer for XV France. Organizers of the Rugby World Cup on Thursday (October 10th) announced the cancellation of the England-France and New Zealand-Italy games due to typhoon Hagibis, who must touch the megalopolis of Tokyo (Japan) at the end of the week. The two games are scheduled to be played on Saturday in Yokohama and Toyota. This is the first cancellation of a match in the history of the Rugby World Cup, a competition created in 1987.
By contrast, the Ireland-Samoa match, also scheduled on Saturday in Fukuoka, was held as the Australia-Georgia meeting on Friday in Shizuoka.
In the event of a cancellation, the rules stipulate that the match is considered null (score 0-0). Each team gets two points on the ladder.
Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful in recent decades in the region, is expected to touch much of Japan this weekend, where several rugby World Cup games are scheduled, as well as the Japanese F1 Grand Prix. on the Suzuka circuit located southwest of Tokyo.
Currently classified as a "violent" typhoon, at the very top of Japan's cyclone intensity scale, the Hagibis are headed southeast of the country and could melt into Tokyo's area Saturday, Japanese meteorologists warned on Wednesday. .
According to an official from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Hagibis' current strength is similar to the power of the four largest typhoons Japan has seen in recent decades, including Faxai last month, causing significant damage to Chibi, in the suburbs of Tokyo.
The England-France match was set to rival two teams that had already qualified for the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Canceling the match leading to a draw between the two teams (0-0), England will finish at the top of Pool C, ahead of France.
The draw between New Zealand and Italy qualified the All Blacks for the quarterfinals. The two-time world champions finish at the top of their group ahead of South Africa.