Two Rugby World Cup matches scheduled for Saturday were canceled as Super Typhoon Hagibis approaches Japan.
Of the three matches scheduled for Saturday, only one – Ireland vs Samoa – will continue as planned, while England's game against France and the clash between New Zealand and Italy have been canceled.
"The decision to cancel matches was not taken lightly and was made in the best interest of the public, the team, the tournament and the safety of the volunteers, based on expert advice and detailed weather information," organizers said. of the tournament. a statement.
"We fully appreciate that fans from England, France, New Zealand and Italy are disappointed, but we trust that they will appreciate that their safety is first. They will be entitled to a full refund of their game tickets," World Rugby chief operating officer. Alan Gilpin added.
There are no details on when the games will be played with the organizers, with the hope that Sunday's games will continue as planned, despite a final decision to be made in the morning.
Hagibis is expected to become the strongest storm of the year and the Japan Meteorological Agency predicts that large areas of eastern and northern Japan are at "risk of serious damage" over the weekend.