Having knocked down the hatches, the rugby world cup is preparing for a serious interruption of its billiard weekend due to the super typhoon Hagibis.
On Thursday, the World Rugby should announce the cancellation of the final pool game of England against France while the typhoon Hagibis collapses. An update has been scheduled for the local noon time (16:00 New Zealand time).
Any cancellation – unprecedented in the history of the 32 years of the World Cup – will not affect those passing through Pool C. It is not clear if other games will be canceled, with the hosts that Japan will prepare to complete their inclination in one historic quarter-final Sunday against Scotland in the same venue.
The World Rugby did not confirm the rumors and would not say anything else about the press conference.
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But by Wednesday evening sources close to England and French camps confirmed Sydney Morning Herald is L & # 39; age who had been unofficially told that the game would be canceled, with a 0-0 draw.
It is likely that France is furious as it steals their chance to reach Pool C and play the runner-up of Pool D (probably Australia), thus creating a potentially easier path through the last four.
After the typhoon was initially tracked down to land in southern Japan, this forecast has now been updated to ensure that the extreme climate hits Tokyo and Yokohama on Saturday.
If the matches remain suspended in Yokohama, one or both could be canceled if the typhoon hits Japan's second largest city with the force expected mid-week.
It is not thought that Saturday's All Blacks clash against Italy in the Toyota – 241 km from Tokyo – is threatened, although it can be played in extreme storm conditions.
On Wednesday the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade warned travelers of the Kiwi in Japan that typhoon Hagibis was chasing itself towards south-western Japan and is expected to arrive around Tokyo as a category 2-3 Typhoon from Saturday.
"Typhoon Hagibis is expected to cause heavy rains, sudden floods and destructive winds that could reach speeds of over 178 km," the ministry said.
Meteorologist Robert Speta told al Japan Times: "The storm went from a tropical storm to a violent typhoon in a matter of hours. In fact it was a historic amount of intensification in such a short time."
The Japanese meteorological agency has assigned the storm the highest classification of "violent".
Hagibis is significantly larger than the Typhoon Faxai which brought Tokyo to a standstill before the start of the tournament last month, leaving one million homes without energy and killing three people and injuring 40.
The British defense coach John Mitchell – the former All Blacks boss – said they were planning all the eventualities that were heading into the clash with France, which will decide whether they will meet Wales or Australia in the quarter-finals .
"One thing we're really proud of in all of our preparation is to be adaptable and flexible to everything that could make us lose," said Mitchell. "We are looking forward to playing France wherever it is.
"It's where our preparation is totally focused and we don't let that noise enter our preparation. It's not something we decide. This is the decision of World Rugby.
"We really don't see the time to play in France and if there are other factors beyond our control, we will find a way to prepare ourselves."
The Kiwi has also managed to find a bit of joy in terms of the time it has a say in this World Cup.
"Whatever the conditions, our football will be quite consistent," he added. "We expect rain, but if it doesn't rain we will take care of it. We haven't had much rain in the last few months, so it will be nice enough to feel at home."
The Scots will be particularly nervous about their confrontation with the hosts who will go on Sunday. They are likely to have to defeat Jamie Joseph's team with a bonus point to sneak into the quarter-finals.
– with the Sydney Morning Herald