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TOKYO (AP) — The Newest on Day 21 on the typhoon-affected Rugby World Cup (all occasions native):

2:35 p.m.

England is leaving Tokyo for Miyazaki on the southern island of Kyushu to keep away from Storm Hagibis.

The England-France pool match scheduled for Saturday in Yokohama was cancelled by Rugby World Cup organizers as a result of that’s when and the place the approaching storm, probably the most highly effective this yr, is predicted to make landfall.

Miyazaki hosted England’s pre-tournament coaching camp.

It is also not removed from Oita, the place England’s quarterfinal towards Wales or Australia is scheduled subsequent week.

“We’ll have a brief camp in Miyazaki after which we’re off to Oita,” Jones stated. “We’ve an distinctive document in two-week preparations.”

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2 p.m.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen stated cancelling their pool match with Italy was “a no brainer.”

The All Blacks had been knowledgeable within the morning that it was off, and so they nonetheless went out and educated.

“Whenever you get a hurricane to the extent we’re getting, then security is the paramount factor so it is a no-brainer,” Hansen stated. “An important factor that occurs now’s how we adapt and alter to it.”

The cancellation meant the defending champion All Blacks superior to the quarterfinals subsequent week forward of Italy. They are going to know their opponent on Sunday, both Eire, Japan, or Scotland.

Captain Kieran Learn stated they had been disillusioned for themselves and Italy, and the followers.

“After all we would need this recreation by way of game-time and issues,” Learn stated. “However we have been round this recreation a very long time, educated lots collectively and we’re able to go subsequent week. It is acquired no bearing on how we flip up subsequent week and we’re excited by it.”

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12 p.m.

The highly effective hurricane that has precipitated the primary ever cancellation of Rugby World Cup video games has ended Italy’s prospects of reaching the quarterfinals and will upset Scotland’s probabilities of progressing to the knockout phases as properly.

Rugby World Cup organizers introduced that two video games scheduled for Saturday — the Pool C decider between England and France in Yokohama and the Pool B recreation between defending champion New Zealand and Italy within the metropolis of Toyota — had been canceled due to the anticipated affect of Storm Hagibis.

Sunday’s recreation in Yokohama between host Japan and Scotland may be scrapped, relying on the climate.

The Japan Meteorological Company is warning the highly effective hurricane could deliver torrential rain and powerful winds to central components of the nation over Saturday and Sunday, coinciding with the final spherical of World Cup pool video games. It has urged individuals to take precautions to keep away from doubtlessly life-threatening hazard. Airways and prepare companies anticipate cancellations in what is predicted to be probably the most damaging hurricane of 2019.

World Rugby match director Alan Gilpin stated organizers had checked out all choices, together with transferring the Yokohama and Toyota video games to different venues, however it wasn’t logistically doable in a good approach to all groups.

All video games canceled due to climate are logged as scoreless attracts and every group will get two competitors factors, that means Italy can’t end higher than third in Pool B and England will high Pool C with out having to play France, regardless of each groups being unbeaten.

Friday’s Pool D recreation between Australia and Georgia at Shizuoka and Saturday’s recreation between Eire and Samoa at Fukuoka will go forward as scheduled.

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