Rugby World Cup organisers cancelled two games – England v France and New Zealand v Italy. Japan is bracing for super typhoon, Hagibis, likely the biggest storm to hit the country this year.
Both games would be in the projected path of the largest and most powerful typhoon to hit Tokyo on Saturday.
Sunday’s four games, in Yokohama near Tokyo, remain under review, said tournament director Alan Gilpin
“We’ve taken the very difficult decision to cancel certain matches in the affected areas,” tournament director Alan Gilpin said. “While it’s regrettable, we’ve made, we believe, the right decision with everyone’s safety as priority.
The mother of all typhoons
Rugby, the global religion, would only be cancelled under extreme duress. Such as Hagibis, the super typhoon making its way to Japan. It had rapidly intensified and got two eyes in its core. The eye wall (normally just one) is where the rain and wind is located.
Dubbed The Beast Hagibis is storming towards Japan.
The storm’s winds increased by 100mph (160km/h) in 24 hours, one of the fastest ever observed on Earth. Its winds are now recording speeds of 270km and stronger. It is 1000km off Tokyo’s southern coast..