It was reported by Sky news that 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.
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.
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.”
Japan are likely to qualify for their first quarter-finals appearance and Scotland will cruelly miss out on the playoffs as Typhoon Hagibis causes chaos to the Rugby World Cup.
In the event of a cancelled game, both teams are awarded two competition points each.
Retaining the status quo on the points table with points shared around would see Japan top Pool A, meaning a quarterfinal against the Springboks, while Ireland would finish second and play the All Blacks.
England and France have both qualified for the playoffs so the ramifications aren’t so extreme, though they were to play for the top spot in Pool C.
World Rugby confirmed that they would do everything possible for the Japan / Scotland game to go ahead.
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