Two Rugby World Cup Games Officially Cancelled Following Typhoon Concerns

Called off.

After extensive evaluation, World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced an update regarding the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on this weekend’s Rugby World Cup 2019 pool matches.

This includes the decision to cancel at least two matches on safety grounds.

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Based on the latest detailed information from the tournament’s independent weather experts, Hagibis is predicted to be the biggest typhoon of the 2019 season and is highly likely to cause considerable disruption in the Tokyo, Yokohama and City of Toyota areas throughout Saturday.

As a result, World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have taken the “difficult” decision to cancel matches in the affected areas on safety grounds.

  • Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy to be cancelled
  • Pool C match between England and France to be cancelled

World Rugby says every effort is being made to ensure Sunday’s matches will be played as scheduled – including Scotland’s crucial game with Japan. Each team that doesn’t play will be rewarded with two match points.

“This is a complex and dynamic situation which we have been monitoring extremely closely with the assistance of our weather information experts. We are now in a position to accurately predict the likely impact of Typhoon Hagibis on Rugby World Cup fixtures this weekend,” World Rugby Chief Operating Officer and Tournament Director Alan Gilpin said.

“While making every possible effort to put in place a contingency plan that would enable all of Saturday’s matches to be played, it would be grossly irresponsible to leave teams, fans, volunteers and other tournament personnel exposed during what is predicted to be a severe typhoon.

“As a result, we have taken the decision to cancel some matches in order to ensure the safety of all involved. It is the right thing to do, and comes with the support of all stakeholders, including the teams.

“We fully appreciate that England, France, New Zealand and Italy fans will be disappointed, but we trust they will appreciate that their safety must come first. They will be entitled to a full refund on their match tickets.

“Our message for all fans in Japan for Rugby World Cup is to heed all official advice, stay indoors throughout Saturday and do not attempt to travel on the day.”