Rugby World Cup cancels 2 games ahead of powerful typhoon

The final whistle after the 2011 quarter-final in Wellington

The final whistle after the 2011 quarter-final in Wellington

"Japan are one of the standout teams", Robinson told Omnisport, speaking on behalf of Land Rover, Official Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019.

"World Rugby has been in touch with us and they're as keen as we are to get this game played", he said.

Ireland defense coach Andy Farrell confirmed that World Rugby has been in communication with the Ireland camp, saying that they are as "keen as we are to get this game played".

England were set to meet France in their final Pool C game in Yokohama, where top spot was up for grabs at International Stadium Yokohama.

Typhoon Hagibis in the western North Pacific is on track towards Japan this weekend.

Italy will finish third on 12, missing out on the quarterfinals.

For the first time ever, Rugby World Cup matches will be canceled due to massive approaching Typhoon No. 19, which officials cited could create unsafe conditions for both players and spectators. While 2014 featured the Bianchi accident, in 2010 qualifying had to be held on Sunday morning due to a washout on Saturday.

The final standings in Pool D will be determined by the outcome of Friday's match between Australia and Georgia, while Pool A rests on the result between Ireland and Samoa on Saturday, as well as Sunday's clash featuring Scotland and hosts Japan. "The scoreline doesn't suggest that, but the effort that went into getting that scoreline by putting pressure on the Russian defence to open up spaces was huge from my players".

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George Horne and Adam Hastings both scored hat-tricks as they thrashed Russian Federation 61-0 this morning, to set-up a decider with hosts Japan in a weather-threatened game on Sunday.

"We are in regular dialogue with World Rugby at all levels to work to ensure our fixture against Japan on Sunday can be played as planned", said a Scottish Rugby spokesman.

If that game were to be abandoned it would be a disaster for the Scots, who would be eliminated, while Japan go through as shock winners of Pool A with Ireland runners-up.

The Japanese weather agency warned Wednesday that a powerful typhoon may make landfall on Japan's main island over the weekend, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and high waves across a wide area.

'Public and team safety is our number one priority. A travel warning sign regarding Typhoon Hagibis and possible train suspensions or cancellations is seen at Hamamatsu railway station. Joe Schmidt's side require a bonus point victory to ensure passage to the quarter-finals but rules state that if a game is canceled then it can't be rescheduled.

If all remaining Pool A games (Scotland v Japan in Yokohama and Ireland v Samoa in Fukuoka) are cancelled, as has been suggested, Ireland would be New Zealand's quarter-final opponent by virtue of progressing in second place.

France were already down south in Kumamoto, and would have gone up to Tokyo for the match, but have switched to Oita instead - where they will meet Wales, in all likelihood, on October 20.

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