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England’s Rugby World Cup game cancelled due to typhoon

England's game against France on Saturday in the Rugby World Cup has been cancelled due to the approach of Super Typhoon Hagibis, World Rugby has confirmed.

The teams were due to play their final group game in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday, which would have decided who topped Pool C.

Instead, the match will be registered as a scoreless draw, meaning England proceed to the quarter finals as group winners, and France in second.

Image: England were due to face France in their last pool game

Both teams will receive two points for the draw.

Tournament Director for World Rugby Alan Gilpin told a press conference that they took the "difficult but right" decision to cancel the game on safety grounds.

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Mr Gilpin also confirmed that this weekend's game between title-holders New Zealand and Italy has also been cancelled.

Responding to a question from Sky News, Mr Gilpin said he had no regrets over cancelling the games, adding: "We always knew there would be risks but it's rare for there to be a typhoon of this size at this stage of the year. We have no regrets."

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He told the press conference that Typhoon Hagibis is predicted to be the most powerful of the 2019 season, and will cause significant problems around Tokyo and Yokohama, including public transport shutdowns.

Scotland's crucial match against Japan on Sunday, which is set to be played in the same stadium as the now-cancelled England game, is under review, and could still be played.

Mr Gilpin said World Rugby are doing "everything possible" to ensure that the Scotland game goes ahead, but could not rule out a cancellation.

Scotland must win against Japan to have a chance of progressing to the next round, but the typhoon still threatens to leave them in third place in the group, meaning the team could be flying home on Monday morning.

Scotland would be the only home nation not to progress to the knockout stages of the tournament, with Wales and Ireland also both through as things stand.Read More – Source

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