Rugby World Cup: What happens if Typhoon Hagibis cancels matches and how big is it?

The Sun Sports 2 months ago

THERE’s a storm brewing Japan as the Rugby World Cup approaches a critical stage.

With sides battling it out for a place in the knockout rounds, Typhoon Hagibis could be about to wreak havoc on the sporting calendar.

Organisers are hoping matches won’t be affected

What happens if Typhoon Hagibis cancels matches?

FORMING at the south of Japan, Typhoon Hagibis has rugby and F1 chiefs on red alert.

The storm is set to bring powerful winds and torrential rain to the mainland – but it’s course over the next few days is not clear.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) expect the storm to reach the highest level on their charts and is currently classified as ‘violent’.

They revealed: “It could be the strongest to hit Japan this year.”

The typhoon is currently predicted to hit the southern island of Kyushu on Saturday, where two Rugby World Cup matches are being held at the weekend.

Any games cancelled at the World Cup because of the weather are registered as scoreless draws.

They will not be re-scheduled if called off on the day of the game, but organisers could potentially change the venue or kick-off time before game-day.

England’s showdown with France in Yokohama could be affected – and chiefs will be desperate to avoid any 0-0 draws.

Red Rose assistant coach Scott Wisemantel said: “Regarding the typhoon we have no control over the weather and we have to prepare for the game and see how it goes.

“Regarding the permutation around the game and shared points we are just concentrating on playing to win.

“I live in a bubble and I don’t know where the game would be played.

“One thing I have learnt in Japan is that they prepare for the worst and then usually it doesn’t eventuate.”

Jack Nowell was a major plus for England, confirming his fitness and form with the fifth try against Argentina

Ireland face Samoa and will be looking for a bonus-point victory to reach the quarter-final stages.

Whilst Wales – who play Uruguay in Kumamoto on Sunday – can make sure of their place in the knockouts with midweek victory over Fiji.

Wales coach Warren Gatland told the BBC: “We’ve had some updates in the past from World Rugby about potential weather stuff, and we will deal with that when it comes.

“We won’t be thinking about that, we will just be focusing on the game.”

How big is it?

THE storm is predicted to move in a north-westerly direction as the week progresses.

This would see it hit mainland Japan – but weather forecasters agree that it would weaken when on land.

Winds are gusting up to 195mph in the giant storm, which by some predictions could hit Tokyo.

Japan sees around 20 typhoons every year, although they do tend to vary in both strength and impact.

Currently, it is classed as “violent”, which is the highest level of severity on Japan’s typhoon charts.


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