Rugby World Cup: England v France called off due to Typhoon Hagibis

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England’s Rugby World Cup game against France on Saturday has been called off due to Typhoon Hagibis.

The Typhoon – the name given to a hurricane in the Indian and Western Pacific oceans – is set to hit Tokyo and surrounding areas. It has been described as the biggest of the year.

Japan’s most recent typhoon, Jebi, is considered to be the strongest to strike the country since Yancy in 1993. The 2018 cyclone was also the second costliest on record – resulting in 17 fatalities.

Because of the potential damage Hagibis could cause, World Cup organisers have decided to take no chances and have cancelled England’s game.

“The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly,” said tournament director Alan Gilpin.

“It has been made with the best interest of team, public, and tournament volunteer safety as a priority based on expert advice.”

Due to the game being called off, both teams receive two points, as well as the match being recorded as a 0-0 draw.

The result means England move forward as Pool C winners, while France are second – two points behind the Roses.

England are now expected to meet Australia in the quarter-finals, with France likely to face Wales – if they top pool D.

Red and Whites’ coach Eddie Jones says his team accept the decision.

He added: “World Rugby has made a decision and we’ve got no issue with it and we’re just getting on with it now.”

Jones’ side will now head to Miyazaki to train for the weekend, before travelling to Oita on Monday.