England’s Rugby World Cup decider against France could be moved to an island 500 MILES away or CANCELLED entirely, as 70,000 fans face missing out with Super Typhoon heading for Tokyo
England’s Rugby World Cup pool decider against France has been thrown into chaos with Super Typhoon Hagibis forcing organisers to draw up plans that could see the game moved 500 miles away or cancelled.
Torrential rain and violent winds are forecast for Saturday in Tokyo and Yokohama, where the clash is due to take place, and moving the game to Oita on the Japanese island of Kyushu is now being considered by RWC chiefs.
According to The Telegraph, the match could also be played behind closed doors in order to ensure the safety of spectators who might try to travel to the game.
England’s World Cup decider against France could be moved 500 miles away due to typhoon
Saturday’s game was scheduled to be played in Yokohama, where the typhoon is heading for
Organisers are planning to stage the game in Oita, 500 miles away from Yokohama
England and France were informed about the plans on Wednesday and are now taking necessary steps to arrange transport.
Rugby World Cup chiefs will call a press briefing for midday Thursday (4am UK) to spell out contingency plan to cope with the ‘anticipated impact of England vs France and other games this weekend’.
Original tournament rules state that any pool game expected to be affected by adverse weather conditions would be cancelled as opposed to postponed with two points awarded to each side.
Organisers are contemplating the unprecedented move to relocate the game as the final standings in the pool are not yet assured and they are determined to uphold the integrity of competition by staging the game.
The Japan vs Scotland game on Sunday is also expected to be affected and could also be relocated.
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