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UK News Rugby World Cup facing chaos as Typhoon Hagibis contingency plans aborted in fresh twist

17:20  09 october  2019
17:20  09 october  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

The Rugby World Cup typhoon, World Rugby's new statement and what it would mean if Wales v Uruguay was declared a 0-0 draw

  The Rugby World Cup typhoon, World Rugby's new statement and what it would mean if Wales v Uruguay was declared a 0-0 draw A typhoon is heading for the Rugby World CupTyphoon Hagibis has formed in the Western Pacific Ocean to the south of Japan, with forecasts suggesting it could hit the southern island of Kyushu this weekend.

World Rugby may be forced into taking the unprecedented step of cancelling Saturday’s Pool C match between England and France as well as Scotland’s crucial fixture with Japan 24 hours later as the category five super Rugby World Cup group-stage deciders threatened by Super Typhoon Hagibis .

One of World Rugby ’s contingency plans is to move both matches to other venues in Japan to ensure they go ahead but that would cause havoc for more than 140,000 supporters across the weekend and prove a huge logistical headache for tournament organisers. Super Typhoon Hagibis had initially

World Rugby is understood to have decided not to move England' weather threatened game against France on Saturday after contingency plans were revealed which included moving the game and playing it behind closed doors.

The gamble means that, in all probability, the game will either go ahead as normal or will now be cancelled entirely - depending on how badly Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan.

Rugby World Cup organisers have announced plans to hold an emergency press conference at 4am on Thursday (GMT) to clarify their position.

Typhoon Hagibis: latest Japan weather forecast, and how Rugby World Cup fixtures could be disrupted

  Typhoon Hagibis: latest Japan weather forecast, and how Rugby World Cup fixtures could be disrupted Japan's Meteorological Agency has predicted Typhoon Hagibis will reach 'violent' category as it nears the Rugby World Cup location KyushuThe cyclone, whose name means "velocity" in Filipino (it shares its name with a 1980s disco group from Manila), is currently off the south coast of Japan.

England’s clash with France may be moved to Oita or cancelled; Japan v Scotland could be postponed 24 hours.

Andy Farrell believes World Rugby are as keen as Ireland to see Saturday’s final Pool A clash with Samoa completed.

But it is understood the Scotland v Japan game this weekend is in the same poisition.

If both games were cancelled at short notice Scotland could be knocked out of the World Cup, creating farcical scenes and uproar from those affected.

But it is understood that Rugby World Cup had been seriously considering moving Saturday’s match between and England and France from Yokohama to Oita, 500 miles away.

Oita Stadium, the seen of Wales’ victory over Fiji has a retractable roof in an area not set to be hit by Typhoon Hagibis when it hits this weekend.

Those contingency plans, it is understood, would have seen the match played in an empty stadium, behind closed doors.

Eddie Jones © Getty Images Eddie Jones

However, it has since been reported in the Telegraph that the game will now stay in Yokohama due to the logistical problems of moving the fixture.

Now Super Typhoon Hagibis has Scotland v Japan game in its sights

  Now Super Typhoon Hagibis has Scotland v Japan game in its sights Scotland assistant coach Matt Taylor said he was not aware of any contact from World Rugby to discuss possible contingency plans after latest forecasting suggested Super Typhoon Hagibis, which is bound for Japan this weekend, could now threaten the Yokohama area, where the Scots are due to face the hosts in a potential quarter-final decider on Sunday. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd It had been initially thought that the southern part of Japan would be the worst hit by what is now a Category 5 (the highest) storm, the biggest of typhoon season, with Hagibis being described as the most violent and powerful storm in the world this year,

A powerful typhoon that organisers have warned could impact the final weekend of the Rugby World Cup Hagibis - dubbed the “strongest storm on the planet” by the Weather Network - could also Organisers say they have "robust contingency plans " and can change the venue of a fixture or the

The Japan Meteorological Agency is now projecting Typhoon Hagibis to clip the southeast, near Tokyo and Yokohama.

According to reports organisers now hope the storm will weaken or change course enough for the game to go ahead safely.

If that is not the case it is likely the match will be cancelled completely.

It is however unclear what decision has been made regarding Scotland's crucial match against Japan this weekend, also taking place in Yokohama.

Cancelling that match would be catastrophic for Scotland who must win to progress to the quarter finals.

World Cup rules state that if a game is cancelled at short notice than a score of 0-0 is recorded.

That would send Scotland crashing out of the World Cup.

England and France have both qualified but a cancelled match would confirm England as pool toppers - meaning the likelihood of a Wales v France quarter final next weekend.

The typhoon was upgraded to "violent" classification by Japan's Meteorological Agency and has been put on a par with a category five hurricane by the US military's forecasting agency.

Typhoon Hagibis track: how the Japan super typhoon could affect England and Ireland's Rugby World Cup fixtures

  Typhoon Hagibis track: how the Japan super typhoon could affect England and Ireland's Rugby World Cup fixtures World Rugby are monitoring the situation and i understands key matches could be moved to other stadiums in case of inclement weatheri understands the World Cup's tournament rules which state clearly that a pool match cannot be rescheduled to a later date still stand, and it would currently not be possible for a match such as Ireland vs Samoa to be moved from Saturday to Sunday to take over a time slot and venue occupied by Canada vs Namibia in Kamaishi or USA vs Tonga in Osaka.

Typhoon Hagibis latest: World Cup organisers are monitoring the storm in case matches need to be cancelled (Image: THE WEATHER CHANNEL). “We will continue to closely monitor this developing situation in partnership with our weather information experts, local authorities, transport providers and

The Rugby World Cup in Japan has suffered some changeable conditions so far (Photo: AFP/Getty). Typhoon Hagibis is bearing down on Japan after forming in the Western Ireland are set to play their final group fixture in Fakuoka, where Typhoon Hagibis is forecast to hit this weekend (Photo: Getty).

Serious concerns for England's crunch Pool C match against France on Saturday and Scotland's game against Japan on Sunday, both taking place in Yokohama, were voiced and now it looks like World Rugby will have to act on contingency plans to prevent the Rugby World Cup from falling into disarray.

a close up of text on a white background: Typhoon Hagibis, which could threaten scheduled Rugby World Cup fixtures this weekend © WX Charts Typhoon Hagibis, which could threaten scheduled Rugby World Cup fixtures this weekend

Speaking to the Japan Times , meteorologist Robert Speta of the US Navy said: "The storm went from a tropical storm to a violent typhoon in the matter of hours. In fact it was an historic amount of intensification in such a short time.

"This only happens when all the right ingredients are in place. Like if you had a fire and instead of throwing gasoline on it to make it bigger you also grabbed some lighter fluid, a bit of oil and a couple of aerosol cans for good measure."

The storm is approaching the island of Honshu and heading towards the Ogasawara islands. It is expected to reach the Kanto region, which includes Yokohama, on Saturday, but whether this will come to fruition is still unknown.

Ireland's Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa set to go ahead but Scotland's match in doubt amid Typhoon Hagibis chaos

  Ireland's Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa set to go ahead but Scotland's match in doubt amid Typhoon Hagibis chaos The games between England v France and New Zealand v Italy were cancelled by World Rugby earlier today due to the fact that Typhoon Hagibis, which is potentially the worst of the season, is on course to hit Tokyo and the city of Toyota on Saturday.England, France and New Zealand are already through to the quarter-finals."Maybe the typhoon gods are smiling on us," said England boss Eddie Jones, on hearing his squad will avoid Le Crunch with their French rivals and have the guts of a fortnight off to prepare for their last eight tie.

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 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.

Rugby World Cup organisers are monitoring a powerful typhoon forming to the south of Japan which could bring fierce winds and torrential rain. Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) says Typhoon Hagibis is expected to reach the highest level of "violent". The JMA added: "It could be the strongest

Hagibis is expected to have a significant impact on the Japan mainland with strong winds and flooding rain expected.

It is predicted there will be travel disruption and potential damage including mudslides and travel disruptions. Some locations may be left without power and there could be possible evacuations.

a close up of a map: The predicted course of Super Typhoon Hagibis as of Wednesday morning © JMA The predicted course of Super Typhoon Hagibis as of Wednesday morning

Speaking on Radio Five Live, BBC meteorologist Simon King said it could prove to be one of the most "powerful" typhoons of the year.

He said: "It’s got sustained wind speeds of 120mph gusting up to 170mph, it actually strengthened a little bit first thing this morning.

"Japan is used to typhoons hitting at this time of year but this one is quite remarkable because even it’s going to weaken it will still be classified as a very strong typhoon as it makes landfall.

"We’re expecting at this moment landfall will be around the Tokyo area on Saturday lunchtime in the UK so over there probably late afternoon into the evening so that’s going to coincide exactly with the England France match, with strong winds and flodding rains just ahead of that as well.

"It’s going to be an atrocious day on Saturday and I can’t imagine the authorities will want anyone travelling or going anywhere, being out and about in those conditions."

SRU responds to World Rugby 'misconduct' charge .
The Scottish Rugby Union has responded to World Rugby's misconduct charge over comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson ahead of Sunday's typhoon-threatened match with Japan. The game's world governing body took the unprecedented step yesterday of referring the SRU to an "independent disputes committee" after Dodson made a forceful case that Scotland would not accept the crucial Pool A match in Yokohama being simply cancelled, as others at the weekend were, without exploring alternative options.

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